NKorea says its diplomatic moves are not a sign of weakness

Most American voters say they think the USA will be able to reach a diplomatic solution with North Korea, but less than half have confidence in President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough IL primary fight MORE to handle the situation, according to a new poll.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly received a congratulatory letter from North Korean president Kim Jong-un for securing a fourth term in office.

Rather, the one-on-one meeting - the first time a sitting US president has ever met with one of the Kim family - may start off small and there are no guarantees that promises will be kept, analysts said.

"The dialogue peace offensive of the DPRK is an expression of self-confidence as it has acquired everything it desires", it said.

Confidence in Trump to handle relations with North Korea also hit an all-time high in the Quinnipiac poll, but remains underwater.

The editorial commentary, which was carried by the Korean Central News Agency, was one of the few times the government-controlled media has made reference to a new easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea typically bristles at the drills and in previous years has responded with missile launches.

"Such rubbish as "result of sanctions and pressure" ... spread by the hostile forces is just as meaningless as a dog barking at the moon", the commentary said.

The South proposed sending a three-member delegation including chief delegate, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, to the border truce village of Panmunjom for talks Thursday next week to pave the way for the inter-Korean summit, the presidential Blue House said.

The commentary called on all parties involved to act with "prudence, self-control and patience".

"We should have minimal expectations for this initial summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump", Troy Stangarone, senior director with the Washington-based Korea Economic Institute, told Xinhua. "And depending on their outcomes, they may lead to a three-way summit of South, North and USA", he said after a preparatory meeting for the inter-Korean summit.

Officials have made progress toward holding the talks.

Despite the fanfare around the upcoming US summit with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), some USA experts have minimal expectations for the event.

President Trump, South Korea's Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are seen on Seoul TV. The meeting will set the stage for talks between Kim and Trump.

  • Jon Douglas