Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pyongyang mum on Kim-Trump summit

Pyongyang mum on Kim-Trump summit

Another envoy, South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, also arrived in Tokyo for a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The president said he had spoken with his counterparts in China and Japan and he expressed optimism that North Korea will not conduct a missile test between now and the time of his meetings with Kim Jong Un.

U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday that he is ready to hold a summit with Kim by the end of May.

"President XI told me he appreciates that the working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going the ominous alternative", Trump wrote about China's leader. Mr Pompeo said U.S. military exercises in the region would continue in the lead-up to the talks. Indeed, many analysts stressed that Trump himself will be a wild card, both during the summit itself and afterward, should things go wrong.

"You have to look at USA overall interest in Asia", he said.

McMaster said the Trump administration wanted to move quickly because of concerns that Pyongyang was steadily progressing toward major advancements in its military programs, said the diplomat, who asked not to be named.

Three in four South Koreans welcome North Korea's warmer tone on inter-Korean relations and its willingness to talk about denuclearization with the United States.

The potential diplomatic breakthrough follows a series of joint efforts from both South and North Korea at the recent Winter Olympics, marking a minor thaw period for two nations still technically at war.

Just days after he stood outside the White House and announced the planned meet between the U.S. president and the North Korean leader, Chung Eui-yong was in Beijing to brief Xi and China's top diplomats on the fast-moving efforts to address the nuclear standoff.

'The president has been very clear in what the objective is here.

The two Koreas have been bitterly divided since the end of the Korean War in 1953, and tensions have escalated since the North began to aggressively pursue the development of nuclear weapons.

Kim Jong Un is "in the driver's seat at the moment", Wendy Sherman, the former chief United States nuclear negotiator with Iran, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

This is all very odd and abrupt, but really does signal a potential change in policy; this can only be good for worldwide relations and more importantly, the subjugated people of North Korea.

Demonstrably, Kim has been a major posturer, showing the world and its leaders North Korea's military capability at nearly every turn, most importantly their nuclear capability (embarrassingly for him, many test launches failed).

On February 25 the head of the delegation of North Korea following the meeting with the President of South Korea, moon Jae Another said that in Pyongyang, there was "insufficient willingness" to negotiate with the United States.

"What does North Korea mean by the suggestion that it will consider denuclearization as a condition for these talks?" she added.

Trump, paraphrasing the message from South Korea, said Saturday that North Korea wants to "de-nuke", but the rogue regime's behavior certainly seems to suggest that Pyongyang has other intentions.

Twenty-seven percent said they welcomed and trusted the North.

Later, at a political rally in Pennsylvania, when Trump mentioned Kim's name, the crowd booed.

He says it's time now to "remain patient and see what happens".

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