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

United States 'fully' expects summit with N. Korea

United States 'fully' expects summit with N. Korea

In this handout image provided by the South Korean Presidential Blue House, Chung Eui-Yong (L), head of the presidential National Security Office shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) during their meeting on March 5, 2018 in Pyongyang, North Korea.

President Donald Trump is gearing up to do something that hasn't been done in more than a decade - meet with the leader of North Korea.

Last year, Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged threats and insults against each other. The paper is not part of North Korea's official media, but it serves as a mouthpiece for Pyongyang.

He said that no venue for the meeting had been agreed upon.

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump chose to accept Kim's offer to meet. That's beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.

"There's already been a bit of confusion in the messaging from the White House so it probably makes sense to get some of the ground rules established before go public with it", said Abrahamian.

The Washington Times ventures that North Korea's radio silence on the summit "prompted some uncomfortable moments over the weekend for administration officials defending Mr. Trump's announcement that he believes a meeting could happen by the end of May".

The South Korean delegation that met with him said the North Koreans indicated they're prepared to talk denuclearization if they're given certain security assurances.

Tillerson spoke Monday at a news conference in Nigeria.

South Korean U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity". The decision drew both support from countries seeking to defuse tensions between North Korea and the USA, and warnings that Kim could be seeking more time to develop his weapons and reduce pressure from global sanctions.

Xi said China looked forward to smooth talks between the two Koreas and between the United States and North Korea and substantive progress in the denuclearization process and normalization of ties. They were postponed during the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea which provided an impetus for the current diplomatic push on the divided Korean Peninsula.

In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea told the world body's Human Rights Council that any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps.

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