Pyongyang or Panmunjeom for Kim-Trump meeting?

10 March, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Friends Former NBA player Dennis Rodman praised Donald Trump for agreeing to meet with his friend dictator Kim Jong-Un

The announcement came in response to a stunning invitation from Kim, relayed by South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, who briefed Trump and other USA officials on Chung's recent meeting with Kim in Pyongyang.

If Trump meets with Kim, he would become the first US president to ever meet with a North Korean leader while in office.

Mr Trump also referred to the North Korean leader as "Little Rocket Man".

Trump tweeted as, "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze".

Buddies Rodman has travelled to North Korea as a guest of Kim- who is a huge basketball fan- several times and is here seen during a dinner with the dictator in 2013
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The North Koreans "are coming to the table despite the United States making zero concessions and, in close coordination with our allies, we have consistently increased the pressure on the Kim regime", he said.

Chung, who credited Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign for the diplomatic opening, said Kim understands that routine US-South Korea military drills 'must continue'.

"You're on the way to a historical meeting no USA president has ever done", the former National Basketball Association star told The Associated Press after news broke Thursday of plans to arrange a meeting between the Trump and Kim.

Trump has previously said he was willing to meet Kim under the right circumstances but had indicated that the time was not right for such talks.

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A senior administration official confirmed that the meeting is expected within "a couple of months".

Calling the planned US-North Korea talks a "step forward", Geng urged the two sides to build mutual trust through dialogue.

And U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, travelling in Africa, just hours before said the U.S. was "a long ways" from direct talks.

Chung Eui-yong spoke outside the White House after a day of briefings with senior US officials, including Trump, on the recent inter-Korea talks. The tension started to ease in the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Pyongyang.

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The meeting would be the first of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting president of the United States.

Instead of a televised addressed to the nation or a press conference in the stately East Room, the news ultimately was delivered by a South Korean national security official standing on the White House driveway. When asked whether the announcement would be about talks with North Korea, he told ABC reporter Jon Karl: "It's nearly beyond that". But the North, Rubio suggested, could be secretly misleading the U.S.in an attempt to pit the USA against the rest of the worldwide community.

The US leader's unconventional foreign policy style makes Pyongyang yet another possible place for holding talks, according to Kim Yeon-chul, unification professor at Inje University.

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