Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Colbert, Kimmel Respond To 'Late Breaking News' Of Trump North Korea Meeting

Colbert, Kimmel Respond To 'Late Breaking News' Of Trump North Korea Meeting

It's important to note here that thus far the North Korean regime has not publicly or officially requested a meeting with Trump.

A South Korean Presidential spokesman said the delegation would also meet Trump. Thus, as we have noted previously, China is the key to effectively dealing with North Korea.

"I suspect and I fear that the North Koreans will say to Trump "come to Pyongyang" and if he does that then the optics are all wrong".

Kim's administration had also taken note of what North Korean foods the South Korean officials had mentioned while his sister Kim Yo Jong was visiting Seoul for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Had North Korea accepted those preconditions two years ago, Obama would likely have met with Kim, too.

FILE - In this October 23, 2000, file photo, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media after phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo March 9, 2018.

"Please send my regards to Marshal Kim Jong Un and his family", Rodman added.

So the answer to my second question - will negotiations lead to a denuclearized North Korea - is, nearly surely, no. "Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached".

Vice President Mike Pence said Kim's willingness to meet was "evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working" and that it was happening "despite the United States making zero concessions". No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korea leader. Washington has been floating the idea of a military option until very recently after North Korea carried out tests of nuclear devices and inter-continental ballistic missiles alleged to have the capacity to target any part of the US mainland. The United States may have to remove strategic assets, including the nuclear umbrella, and even pull out soldiers from South Korea.

It seems the Trump administration was nearly as surprised as everyone else that talks between the two leaders are in the works.

Just a day earlier, he had said the United States was "a long way" from negotiations with the North, leading some commentators to suggest Mr Tillerson was out of the loop. "We're a long ways from negotiations, we just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it".

What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way.

If the meeting does lead to tangible results, including denuclearization, there could be huge consequences for South Korea and the US' other allies in the region. He had briefed the president on a message from Kim earlier in the day.

North Korean diplomats are known for their negotiating skills. That was inevitable, however, once Pyongyang developed ICBMs that could hit the USA and acquired the capability to cap them with nuclear warheads. But other prominent American political figures have visited Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, in the past, many with a similar goal of trying to stop its nuclear program. Is it North Korea or is it China that is putting denuclearization on the table?

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.

Should it happen, the May summit between Trump and Kim will come shortly after a planned meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April.

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