Korea meeting, but will keep up pressure

13 March, 2018, 11:31 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will pirouette on a diplomatic catwalk in a calculated game of international one-upmanship

Earlier, South Korea said North Korea's silence on summits with both the United States and South Korea was probably because of caution in preparing for the meetings, while U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington expected to hear directly from Pyongyang.

One of the conditions imposed by the Trump administration is that Pyongyang will halt any nuclear or missile testing until the talks occur and will not interfere with the joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the USA decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation. The offer was made and we've accepted.

Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay global action while strengthening its nuclear program. Trump now has the opportunity to achieve what no president has been able to achieve in seven decades of U.S.

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Kono declined to say what that action should be, but South Korea's presidential Blue House quoted him as saying that the breakthrough on talks with North Korea was a near "miracle".

According to Dong-A Ilbo, an unidentified official in Seoul claimed that Kim will likely raise the offer in a meeting with Trump, including the prospect of diplomatic relations and nuclear disarmament.

There is hope on many sides that some kind of agreement will finally be reached, hopefully an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile program, in exchange for recognition and economic assistance. The officials' comments on Sunday followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

In Beijing, Chung expressed thanks for China's role at a meeting with its top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi.

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Meanwhile, in New York, US' National Security Advisor HR McMaster and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, briefed members of the UN Security Council on developments related to North Korea.

"There are lots of choices that are going to have to be made, and if the President feels that they all have to go the way that the United States wants them to go, we probably won't get to an agreement - and we probably will find ourselves at war", Sherman said.

As far as is publicly known, Kim has not left North Korea since he came to power in 2011, meaning any trip outside the country might be problematic. Zhang said China should try to prevent North Korea from siding with the United States. Ahead of Trump's decision to accept Kim's offer of talks, Pyongyang agreed to pause its nuclear and missile testing, but made no commitment to halt its research and development on ballistic missiles - which is hard, if not impossible, for the Americans to trace.

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