Trump hails "great progress" after agreeing to talks with North Korea
11 March, 2018, 01:32
FILE - In this October 23, 2000, file photo, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, left, walk towards a conference room at the Pae Kha Hawon Guest House in Pyongyang, North Korea.
For decades, the Kim dynasty has used diplomatic coercion and brinkmanship twinned with offers of talks and demands for concessions to cheat their way to a nuclear arsenal and preserve a tyrannical regime in defiance of the US.
It is quite a turnaround from Mr. Trump from the heightened tension of the past year, during which time the president regularly ridiculed Kim.
A meeting between Kim and Trump, whose exchange of insults had raised fear of war, would be a major turnaround after a year in which North Korea has carried out a battery of tests aimed at developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland. "While we must take any credible opportunity to talk with Pyongyang about denuclearization, we must also never forget that the DPRK continues to represent a grave threat to the United States, our allies, and global peace and stability".
"A summit is a reward to North Korea", said Robert Kelly, a professor at South Korea's Pusan National University. In it, a map is clearly visible in the background with the bold heading, "US Mainland Strike Plan".
Again, in 2013, another official statement from Kim's regime read, "Now that the United States is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, (our) revolutionary armed forces... will exercise the right to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors".
Mr Davis said President Trump must push North Korea to take steps towards denuclearisation before any meeting takes place.
"At that point, he will go to the world and say, 'I've been very reasonable, I met with the president, I've been willing to be flexible, but these guys don't want to deal with me.' That's created to get the worldwide community to back off of sanctions and not support a unilateral US military action". After two years of stalemate and one crisis after another, North Korea pledged in 2005 to abandon "all nuclear weapons and existing weapons programs" and promised to return to the NPT agreement. Pyongyang agreed in new talks several months later to a moratorium on its missile tests in exchange for a lifting of the USA economic embargo.
Mr Davis told SBS News the idea of President Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting alone made him nervous.
Also a worrying sign: South Korea has effectively created its own dialogue track with North Korea, separate from the U.S. That's understandable given Donald Trump's erratic policy swings, but it also highlights a real concern: any sustainable resolution between North and South Korea will ultimately need buy-in from Washington.
"President Trump has made his reputation on making deals", the official said.
Scarborough and Brzezinski's remarks come after a stunning Thursday announcement that Trump had agreed to meet with the North Korean leader. Moon may well represent Kim's best chance to negotiate with a South Korean leader in good faith.
Before accepting an invitation to an worldwide summit it is customary for diplomatic staff to laboriously work through any technical hurdles on a topic.
North Korea's goals have been fairly predictable and consistent since the nuclear stand-off began in the early 1990s.
Moon's government, elected on a platform of engagement with North Korea, has scored the political victory of delivering on that promise.
Earlier Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that though "talks about talks" might be possible with Pyongyang, denuclearization negotiations were likely a long way off.
On Friday, Tillerson drew a distinction between "talks" and "negotiations", said Trump would engage in talks with Kim.
Jim Hoare, former Foreign Office diplomat who helped set up the British embassy in Pyongyang from 2001 to 2002, spoke to The Sun Online about China's deteriorating relationship with North Korea.
The North Korean leader has in many ways been dictating the moves, not America or China.
"If you do that, it will be the end of you? and your regime".
"I'm sorry, do we not remember how bad that photo of [then Secretary of State Madeleine] Albright toasting Kim Jong Il was?" said U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols, who added that she was heavily criticized for it.
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