Trump agrees to a 'milestone' meet with Kim Jong Un

10 March, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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And Sweden, which is one of a handful of nations to maintain diplomatic relations with North Korea and has represented USA interests in Pyongyang, offered to help facilitate the meeting between Trump and Kim.

As Trump's administration ramped up its "maximum pressure campaign" on North Korea over the a year ago, Tillerson was one of the more enthusiastic advocates within the Cabinet for trying to talk to the North Koreans, even as other officials warned Trump of the risks of rewarding Kim too soon.

During the meeting, he reportedly appeared "relaxed" about his worldwide reputation and even made fun of himself.

"I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with worldwide solidarity, brought us to this juncture", Chung said. Chung attributed the North Korean turnaround to Trump's leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with worldwide solidarity.

During a visit to Africa, Mr Tillerson said yesterday that, although "talks about talks" might be possible with Pyongyang, denuclearisation negotiations were likely a long way off.

The White House later said no firm timetable was set.

"In the president's judgment, that time has arrived now", the secretary of state said.

'President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. "President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation".

"We will continue to work closely with the US, South Korea and the worldwide community to ensure that pressure on North Korea continues and sanctions are strictly enforced until Kim Jong Un matches his words with concrete actions".

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Washington has been pushing forward its "maximum pressure" campaign against Pyongyang mainly through economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation.

19 September 2017: Mr Trump tells the UN General Assembly the United States would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies. He's oscillated between threats and insults directed at Kim, and more conciliatory rhetoric.

Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and a former National Security Council official under President Obama, added that "there is no hard evidence that suggests Kim is about to quickly give up his nuclear weapons".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sees preparations for talks between Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un as a welcome "de-escalation" in their nuclear stand-off. He has derided Kim by referring to him as 'Little Rocket Man'. Mr Trump soon responds that he has a bigger and more powerful nuclear button, "and my Button works!"

Chung and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon flew to Washington earlier on Thursday to explain North Korea's stance on possible future talks with the United States, and the prospect of Pyongyang suspending nuclear tests if the security of the North's government is assured.

The drills were suspended during the Winter Olympics recently hosted by South Korea, which provided impetus for the inter-Korea rapprochement.

A senior administration official confirmed that the meeting is expected within "a couple of months".

Trump was asked during a joint press conference on Tuesday.



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