There's no testing. As long as there is no testing, I'm in no rush.
Mr Thae Yong Ho, who was deputy ambassador at the North Korean embassy in London before defecting to South Korea in 2016, also warned that Pyongyang has no intention of surrendering its nuclear arsenal and may, in fact, view the Feb 27-28 summit in Hanoi as a chance to gain recognition as a de facto nuclear weapons state.
Kim Hyok Chol and his USA counterpart Stephen Biegun were engaged in three days of talks in Pyongyang earlier this month, exploring each side's positions on denuclearisation ahead of the much-anticipated meeting.
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Some experts said he might return to provocations, but Mr Thae reckons that a more likely scenario would be one where the North exports its nuclear capability to the Middle East. "I'd just like to see ultimately denuclearization of North Korea". -North Korea summit in terms of normalizing bilateral relations. "I think a lot of things will come out of it". When they last met in Singapore in June, Trump took up the abduction issue at Abe's request.
"I think next week's going to be very exciting", Trump said in the Oval Office on Tuesday after describing a phone call he held earlier with South Korea's leader to discuss the summit.
Attention has been focused on whether the USA will offer to lift some economic sanctions on North Korea, in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps toward denuclearisation.
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Reuters was first to report last month that Hanoi was preparing to receive Kim for a state visit this month.
While praising Trump's "leadership and firm resolve", Moon said he was ready to undertake anything from reconnecting rail and road links between the two Koreas to other inter-Korean economic cooperation to help on denuclearization, according to Moon's spokesman.
Next week's meeting follows a landmark summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim in Singapore last June, the first for sitting leaders of the United States and North Korea - who are technically still at war.
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