President Donald Trump's plan to meet face to face with North Korea's Kim Jong Un elicited expressions of cautious optimism from some of the countries that may have the most at stake from Pyongyang's nuclear program. If true - and there is much to be confirmed - the offer should be pursued. "Skepticism and caution are critical as these discussions continue".
"North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland", Mr Trump said during that speech. He offered to suspend nuclear and missile tests, and not just while dialogue is ongoing, as he had previously told South Korea.
As Mr Trump's administration ramped up its "maximum pressure campaign" on North Korea over the previous year, Mr 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. Moon initially hesitated, saying that conditions had to be right for a meeting.
Mr. Trump, meanwhile, has his eyes on midterm elections in the USA and has shown no signs of relaxing sanctions on North Korea or abandoning his ultimate goal of getting Mr. Kim to give up nuclear weapons, Prof.
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Mr Tillerson said Mr Trump has been open to mere talks and a meeting with Mr Kim "for some time", and had decided "the time was right".
Veteran US diplomat Christopher Hill has spent more time negotiating with the North Koreans than any other American.
That is the proper approach. I understand that if the past is an indication of the future, North Korea will be all talk and no action. There have been many talks before and none have borne fruit.
In 2017, the UN Security Council had also unanimously adopted sanctions against Pyongyang following a series of intercontinental ballistic missiles tests and a nuclear test.
For decades, the Kim family has sought consistently and unsuccessfully to be recognized as the legitimate rulers of North Korea.
"Trump blusters that if sanctions do not work, the USA should go over to rough phase II and that as it is a very rough action, it would make the whole world unhappy", the newspaper noted. Those exercises focus on defending South Korea from attack.More news: Amazon Launches discounted Prime for Medicaid Recipients
China has always been North Korea's most important ally but has been on board with the program of sanctions agreed at the UN.
No American president has ever met with a North Korean leader. To his credit, he is holding the line.
"The biggest problem this world has is nuclear proliferation, and we have a country out there - North Korea, which is sort of wacko, not a bunch of dummies - and they are going out and they are developing nuclear weapons", Mr Trump said. "If there's anyone from a North Korean regime watching the show, there's one message for them I would give".
The regime largely survives due to economic assistance from China. China will encourage Seoul to do just that. If you're a dictator whose most important goal is maintaining power, it's a rational position to take. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera added that there would be no change in Japan's position that maximum pressure on Pyongyang was needed and that policy could only succeed if Japan, the US and South Korea work together.
The White House did not say why it had changed its calculus toward North Korea by agreeing to talks without "concrete steps toward denuclearization". They have made promises to denuclearize.More news: Browns trade for WR Jarvis Landry: What they're saying
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