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U.S. preparation, diplomatic team needed ahead of North Korea summit

South Korean officials announcing on March 8 that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has invited President Trump to nuclear talks this spring. Photo:  Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images.
South Korean officials announcing at the White House on March 8, 2018, that Kim Jong-Un has offered to sit down for nuclear talks with President Trump. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

The proposed summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds great promise but will require careful preparation if it is to secure a lasting solution to the North Korean nuclear threat.

The background: South Korean officials teed up the talks by persuading Kim Jong-un to meet the United States’ conditions for negotiations: denuclearization as the declared goal, suspension of nuclear and missile tests during talks and acceptance that economic sanctions and U.S.–South Korea military exercises will continue.