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World leaders welcome planned talks between Trump, North Korean leader

09 Mars 2018

"We will keep our joint military exercises going".

In briefings after the surprise announcement of a summit - which would be the first ever meeting of leaders of the two countries - United States officials made no mention of possible concessions that Trump might offer, other than saying that severe sanctions would stay in place until North Korea took verifiable steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.

"If Trump goes at all, and expects to announce a denuclearized North Korea, he will leave disappointed and maybe angry enough to believe that talks are useless and only military options are left", Narang warned.

Trump's aides have been wary of North Korea's diplomatic overtures because of its history of reneging on global commitments and the failure of efforts on disarmament by previous USA administrations.

In recent years, the 56-year-old former power forward has famously made several trips to North Korea to meet with Kim to bring what he calls "basketball diplomacy" to the isolated Asian country.

The invitation came by way of South Korean officials, who secured the offer Kim Jong Un this week. I understand that if the past is an indication of the future, North Korea will be all talk and no action.

Without a bold and concrete plan to offer concessions (which could include opening of economic ties, removal of US forces from the Korean Peninsula or even an agreement to negotiate an end to the Korean War) in exchange for a drawdown of North Korea's ballistic-missile capacity or an end to its nuclear program, Mr. Cha warned, the Trump-Kim meetings could actually create a more unsafe situation on the peninsula.

Earlier Friday, Geng Shuang, a spokesman at China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, described the development as positive and said it was a moment to show "political courage". The key question will be what North Korea has to do to make that summit actually happen? Trump reportedly called Chinese President Xi Jinping after accepting Kim Jong-un's invitation.

Chung also reaffirmed Trump's commitment to maintain a "maximum pressure" campaign on the North in order to avoid making the same mistakes that previous governments made in the past.

Russian Federation said talk of a meeting was "a step in the right direction", while China welcomed a "positive signal by the USA and North Korea".

"The dialogue must ensure North Korea abides by numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions banning its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs", she said.

In a statement published in the South Korean news agency Yonhap, Moon declared, "The denuclearisation and peace of the Korean Peninsula is becoming a reality".

For a president who delights in bombshells, it may have been the biggest bombshell of them all.

The surprise announcement in Washington, DC, following an announcement by Chung on Tuesday that the North Korean leader had agreed to meet South Korea's President Moon Jae-in in April. The majority of North Korean people live in starvation and hundreds of thousands are believed to have perished in a vast network of forced labor camps.

North Korean media provided a more limited readout of the meeting, omitting any mention of a denuclearization pledge.

Mr. Trump, the official said, then asked Mr. Chung to tell him about his meeting with Mr. Kim.

"We're a long way from negotiations". "The right conditions are stopped nuclear testing".

Thus far, the United States and North Korea have had minimal diplomatic means to assess the other's strategies and intentions, which increases the chance that we could stumble into a nuclear conflict. Hope, because it opens up the way for a potential diplomatic breakthrough; scepticism, because of North Korea's long history of deception and threats with nuclear missiles. "So if there's going to be a period of the next two or three or four months of diplomacy, I think that's positive", Burns said.

Under pressure from US President Donald Trump, Beijing has backed a series of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, sending relations between the Cold War-era allies to a new low. "Dead stop. The flourishing ends, and the prison state of North Korea sadly begins".

Unlike an episode of The Apprentice, the Trump-Kim talks will not be a simple yes-or-no transaction, and Mr. Trump will not be bargaining from a position of strength.

World leaders welcome planned talks between Trump, North Korean leader