Listen closely to what US officials like to say about America's long security alliance with South Korea, where 28,000 USA troops are stationed in bases around the country.
When the controversy was at its height, most of the 1,000 North Korean coal mine and construction site workers based at Sarawak in eastern Malaysia fled back to North Korea.
In an interview with Reuters in April, Trump called the five-year-old US-South Korean trade pact known as KORUS "horrible" and "unacceptable" and said he would either renegotiate or terminate it. "Burden-sharing is always going to be part of the conversation with our allies".
The options for the Trump administration on North Korea are as bad as they were for previous administrations. Expect to hear something about the U.S. -Korea alliance being - well, you can guess.
Last month, Pyongyang's ministry of state security said it had foiled a plot by the USA and South Korean spy agencies to kill Kim using a biochemical weapon.
China has pleaded with the USA to stop military action in the peninsula and begin talks over the North's denuclearisation.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and President Trump are meeting for the first time on Thursday.
While sanctions may come up in talks between Trump and Moon, others hope the summit could be an opportunity for both leaders. "During the periods when South Korea played a more active role, the inter-Korean relationship was more peaceful and there was less tension between the United States and North Korea".
But some leading North Korea experts in the United States are urging Trump to rethink his position on preconditions, possibly sending a high-level presidential delegation to North Korea in exchange for a freeze on ballistic missile and nuclear tests.
That sanctions resolution builds on two other measures adopted past year after North Korea carried out a fifth nuclear test and test-fired a series of ballistic missiles. The Trump administration is particularly concerned with the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) created to target the US.
The actions may be a response to increased scrutiny of North Korean laborers in the country in the aftermath of the assassination of Kim Jong Nam at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.
A defense official said the U.S.is particularly concerned by North Korea's increased ability to hide its testing from the USA until the last minute. "During the process of realizing my government's plan", he said, "you will be able to invest in Korea without concern, and may even gain the opportunity to invest in North Korea". North Korea has got enough evidence to prove that Park started plotting to kill Kim since late 2015, said the statement. "The most ideal solution would be to completely denuclearize North Korea in an one-shot deal".
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