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Summit plan too easy on North Korea? US rejects criticism

Summit plan too easy on North Korea? US rejects criticism

SC senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday night said the president's "strong stand" against Pyongyang represents the "best hope in decades" to resolve the nuclear threat peacefully. And Rodman has visited North Korea several times, including a year ago, to serve as an informal diplomat and basketball guru to Kim.

Fox News quoted an unidentified USA official as saying that Chung would announce an invitation from Kim to meet Trump, no change to planned U.S.

The meeting plans come after Kim Jong Un and President Trump have traded insults and threats of war.

So the answer to my second question - will negotiations lead to a denuclearized North Korea - is, nearly surely, no.

Mr Trump hailed "great progress" but said sanctions would remain in place.

Analysts say Trump's decision to accept Kim's invitation for a summit and to do it by May could be linked in part to a desire to claim a significant achievement in his most hard foreign policy challenge before the USA midterm elections in November.

For decades, China has been the unconditional North Korean ally and its main diplomatic and economic partner.

On the other hand, Kim Jong-un dropped his precondition for the meeting.

"I explained to President Trump that his leadership, and his maximum pressure policy, along with worldwide solidarity, brought us to this juncture", he said.




A venue in South Korea might be an obvious choice given Seoul's stake in the outcome of talks aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way. The meeting will not result in any grand reconciliation, but rather establish the bonds of respect that will allow Pyongyang to re-enter more substantive talks that will likely take place in parallel to the meeting and go long afterward before a final conclusion can be reached - if it can be reached at all.

The surprise development follows months of tension between the two nations, during which the North Koreans have conducted a series of military exercises and fired nuclear missiles over Japan in a show of strength. S. and North Korea to hold talks as soon as possible, saying that at a news briefing in Beijing on Thursday that things "will not be smooth sailing".

A Japanese ruling party lawmaker said Washington was unlikely to agree to a freeze but that North Korea could gain time to complete its nuclear arms program and thus bolster its bargaining power. Civilian defectors have claimed the already small daily rations were slashed, while wildlife previously relied on for food has been destroyed by nuclear testing.

The North was open to "frank" talks with the United States on denuclearization and would suspend missile and nuclear tests while dialogue was under way, Chung said after returning from a meeting in Pyongyang.

"Our policy remains the same: all sanctions remain in place and the maximum pressure campaign will continue until North Korea takes concrete, permanent, and verifiable steps to end their nuclear program".

New US sanctions were announced this week due to evidence Pyongyang used a banned chemical agent in the successful assassination of the dictator's half-brother.

Optimists - including South Korean President Moon Jae-in - believe that talks can lead in the long term to peaceful reunification of the peninsula, particularly as sanctions leave North Korea isolated and poor. Veteran US diplomats I have spoken to pour scorn on the whole improbable spectacle.


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