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Real concessions needed at US-NK summit -Markey

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Published on February 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:28s

Real concessions needed at US-NK summit -Markey

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey says there's a risk that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be given concessions from the U.S. without giving any concessions in return.

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Real concessions needed at US-NK summit -Markey

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korea warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to listen to U.S. critics who were disrupting efforts to improve ties, as its leader, Kim Jong Un, made his way across China by train to a second summit with Trump in Vietnam.

The two leaders will meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday, eight months after their historic summit in Singapore, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, where they pledged to work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

But their vaguely worded agreement has produced few results and U.S. Democratic senators and U.S. security officials have warned Trump against cutting a deal that would do little to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The Trump administration has pressed the North to give up its nuclear weapons program, which, combined with its missile capabilities, pose a threat to the United States, before it can expect any concessions.

But in recent days Trump has signaled a possible softening, saying he would love to be able to remove sanctions if there is meaningful progress on denuclearisation.

Trump also said he was in no rush and had no pressing schedule for North Korea's denuclearisation, hinting at a more gradual, reciprocal approach, long favored by Pyongyang.

Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey told CBS on Sunday that there's a risk that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be given concessions from the U.S. without giving any concessions in return.

His comments came after three Democratic chairmen of key committees in the House of Representatives sent Trump a letter this week, accusing the administration of withholding information on the negotiations with North Korea.

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