Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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U-S President Donald Trump has called the leaders of South Korea and Japan ahead of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters today in Singapore that Trump has spoken by phone with the two U-S allies as preparatory talks continue between American and North Korean officials ahead of the leaders' sit-down Tuesday morning.

Pompeo says there is "enormous potential" for the Singapore summit, but lowered expectations that the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will happen after just one meeting.

He adds the meeting presents a test of Kim's willingness to agree to deal away his nuclear weapons in exchange for "protections" from the U-S. (4)



South Korea is conducting surveys to find citizens who'd be willing to meet their war-separated relatives in North Korea for temporary reunions planned between the rivals as a reconciliation gesture.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says the surveys, conducted through home visits, phone calls and letters, will continue through August 10th.

South Korea has lobbied hard for Tuesday's summit over the future of Kim Jong Un's nuclear program.

Kim recently met with South Korea's president and the Koreas plan military talks on Thursday to reduce tensions along their heavily armed border. (4)



Justin Trudeau has been holding his tongue following his American counterpart's Twitter tirade against him for saying Canada won't be pushed around by the U-S on trade.

Trump fired off a tweet accusing the prime minister of being "dishonest and weak" after Trudeau repeated a warning that Canada would retaliate against the Trump administration's tariffs with tariffs of its own.

While Trudeau chose not to respond directly to the insult, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters the government wouldn't stoop to similar name calling because that's not how Canadians conduct diplomacy. …

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