As Trump-Kim summit takes shape, possible outcomes vary wildly

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to make their first telephone conversation sometime before their face-to-face meeting next Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

It is wonderful to think that just a few months ago North Korean nuclear tests were being launched over Japan, sending thousands fleeing into underground bunkers and basements after receiving emergency alerts on their cellphones.

South Korea's presidential office says working-level officials from both sides tested the hotline on Friday afternoon.

Lee is also likely to meet Susan Thornton, acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

"Now I don't expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit", Menendez said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Amid this process of approach, Kim has planned to dialogue in May or June next with U.S. President Donald Trump, made his first visit overseas to China in March and his Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho, was later in Beijing.

It has always been the contention of the North Koreans that their war has been with the U.S., and its continued presence on the Korean peninsula.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans - civilians and military - live in Guam, South Korea and Japan and are in direct danger from North Korean attack.

During the inter-Korean summit, the two Koreas are expected to discuss North Korea's denuclearization, ways to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula and improve inter-Korean ties.

The Korean Catholic Church declared its "first of year of peace" in 2015 while commemorating the 70th year since Korea split. "All they are talking about is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security".

"This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress!", Mr Trump tweeted after Kim Jong-un's announcement.

But tensions have eased in recent months, with the North taking part in the Winter Olympics in the South in February and an exchange of threats of war with the United States (US) and other bellicose rhetoric evaporating.

After spending the first stretch of Mr Trump's term threatening to devastate other countries and testing increasingly sophisticated ballistic missiles believed to be capable of hitting the United States mainland, North Korea pivoted to talking with the South and extending Mr Trump an invitation to meet with Mr Kim. Kim may have said everything Pompeo and Trump wanted to hear, but how much of it was honest?

Pyongyang also has restored a military communications channel on the western coast, notifying Seoul of the move at high-level inter-Korean talks on January 9.

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