Trump may bail during North Korea talks

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

The statement, unconfirmed by North Korea, comes before a summit between the leaders of the two countries on April 27, to be followed in May or June by a meeting between Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Donald Trump. Ahead of his meeting with Kim, President Trump said the U.S.is in talks to free those three people.

"If we don't think it's going to be successful".

Officials from the two countries are looking at five different venues for the meeting.

Nagy further told the media that North Korea is trying to understand USA capabilities and what they may be able to do "in terms of taking out the regime".

At a news conference on Thursday, before a meeting next week on nuclear non-proliferation, Wood said the United States welcomed Pyongyang's willingness to talk about denuclearisation, and called the summit planned for late May or early June a "momentous time".

One potential complication to a peace treaty is that South Korea was not party to the original armistice agreement, which was signed by the U.S., North Korea and China.

The visit marked the highest-level contact between the USA and North Korea since 2000.

Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Trump pat himself on the back over North Korea and said his administration had achieved what his predecessors could not.

North Korea, a small, authoritarian nation surrounded by bigger and richer neighbors, has always linked its pursuit of nuclear weapons to what it calls a "hostile" US policy that is embodied by the 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea, the 50,000 stationed in Japan, and the "nuclear umbrella" security guarantee that Washington offers allies Seoul and Tokyo.

Many analysts believe that Kim sees the meeting with Trump as a way to bestow legitimacy on his own leadership and on a rogue nuclear program that he has built in the face of global criticism and crippling sanctions.

"Just because North Korea is responding to dialogue, there should be no reward".

The Japanese Prime Minister demanded that maximum pressure be maintained and actual implementation of concrete actions toward de-nuclearisation be demanded from North Korea. Many say it is unlikely that the North will trade away its hard-won nuclear weapons without getting what it wants in return.

Yet, both the United States and North Korea have been mutually working towards a summit in which the two would meet and discuss the nuclear program issue.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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