White House Fully Expects US-N. Korea Summit to Happen

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

The White House has said it fully expects President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, though the North has yet to confirm the meeting.

Mr Trump said last week that he had accepted an offer to meet with Mr Kim - an agreement that would make him the first sitting USA president to meet face-to-face with a North Korean leader. The South Korean leader visited Beijing in December on a trip aimed at thawing tense bilateral relations strained over Seoul's decision to host a United States missile defence system that Beijing sees as a threat to its own security. "This meeting won't take place without concrete actions that match the promises that have been made by North Korea".

"The offer was made and we'€™ve accepted", she said.

"We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-US summit", said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for South Korea's Unification ministry.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance".

Asked about possible meeting locations, Tillerson added that "nothing's been agreed, and I don't want to start floating ideas out through the media".

"It's very early stages".

He also called for continued cooperation among Japan, South Korea and the US with regard to the nuclear and kidnapping issues going forward. Trump belittled Kim as "Little Rocket Man", while the North called Trump the "mentally deranged U.S. dotard". "The United States has made zero concessions but North Korea has made some promises". The North's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, which is run by the ruling party, had only put out a few paragraphs about a visit by senior South Korean officials last week.

Tillerson spoke Monday at a news conference in Nigeria.

"Places like Switzerland, Sweden or Jeju Island have been gaining a lot of attention, but we also view the JSA as a serious option", an official with South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Sunday. The meeting, if it brings peace, could stabilize countries like South Korea and China.

(STAND-UP) "The South Korean president said the fate of his country and the Korean Peninsula now hangs on how they handle the next two months this opportunity that has landed in the world's hands like a miracle".

Chung renewed Moon's invitation for Xi to visit Seoul.

In recent years, however, relations between Pyongyang and Beijing have cooled, and analysts say Trump may not be keen on providing a major rival like China a chance to steal some of the limelight.

Tensions eased as the Koreas held talks against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics in South Korea last month but Japan has expressed scepticism and warned that "talks for the sake of talks" would be unacceptable. North Korea reneged on its 1994 pledge to the U.S.to freeze nuclear development and instead raced ahead. This summit may save the world from a nuclear disaster.

For all Kim's bluster and extravagance, he leads "an exceedingly weak and arguably very fragile regime", Bacevich said, "and my guess is their principal objective is to remain in power".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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