Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Kim meeting only if North Korea fulfills promises: White House

Kim meeting only if North Korea fulfills promises: White House

North Korean media mentioned a visit by a delegation from the South last week, but no coverage has been seen of Mr Kim's invitation to meet President Trump or the South Korean president to discuss the future of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

The question of who in Washington will take the lead in preparing for proposed talks between North Korea and the United States is gaining attention as concerns grow over a lack of seasoned diplomats in Washington familiar with North Korea.

Most importantly, critics say that sticking with the Iran deal despite being so vocally against it will show weakness and a lack of resolve in Trump as he heads toward talks with the North Koreans.

He said "North Korea's recent changes are the results of maximum pressure imposed by Japan, the US, and South Korea working closely together".

The South Korean presidential office later reported Xi as saying after the meeting: "I support the US-NK talks".

He said that no venue for the meeting had been agreed upon. He added that discussions around the meeting are still "in the very early stages" and "several steps will be necessary to agree on a location", according to Politico. His aides caution that the meeting may never take place, that concrete conditions must be met for it to happen.

"The announcement of a meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim is a historic opportunity that holds great potential for the world", Haley said. Mattis wouldn't talk at all about the diplomatic push over North Korea's nuclear program. No sitting United States president has ever met a North Korean leader.

But Pence called Kim's offers to cease missile and nuclear testing while not objecting to U.S. -South Korean military exercises. I think that he's playing to the President's ego and the President's weaknesses by flattering him and by inviting had to Pyongyang.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the Korean border, but a venue for the North Korea-U.S. summit has yet to be decided.

During the meeting with the ambassadors, McMaster pointed to three United Nations sanctions resolutions adopted by the council as key in the campaign to bring North Korea to the negotiating table, according to a council diplomat.

"We know the maximum pressure campaign is working", Sanders said.

The United States and North Korea fought on opposite sides of a war in the 1950s, and in the last two decades have been engaged in perhaps the world's most unsafe nuclear standoff, with 30,000 U.S. military personnel stationed just over the border in the South. Kim has pilloried Trump as "senile" and a "dotard".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States has "not heard anything directly back from North Korea" since President Donald Trump accepted leader Kim Jong Un's invitation for a meeting.

The experts believe that North Korea could announce an extension of its freeze on missile and nuclear tests.

South Korea's National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, left, meets Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Tuesday.

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