How South Korea - and North Korean Spies - Got Trump to Say Yes
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
President Trump is prepared to meet Kim Jong-un without any new concessions being agreed to by the North Korean leader, the White House has said - despite earlier demands that more guarantees were needed. But Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Sunday that no additional conditions are being stipulated. Trump dispensed with decades of US foreign policy orthodoxy with his decision, particularly given that the North Korean leader made only a vague offer - conveyed via a South Korean delegation that visited him - to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program.
It would be reasonable to hold a summit meeting after North Korea takes concrete steps toward abandoning its missile and nuclear programs. "If so, the meeting will go on as planned".
North Korea has a number of foreigners imprisoned, including at least six South Korean citizens, according to the South's Unification Ministry. "Also, the stocks of South Korean parts suppliers to Apple Inc. rose ahead of the release of a new iPhone in the latter half".
Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump chose to accept Kim's offer to meet.
The carrier deployments also may have spooked North Korea, as it released a propaganda video if its missiles destroying a carrier and other key United States weapons systems.
"Kim Jong Un is also a very young leader, so many in their twenties are highly critical of him and see him as a overprivileged leader", Lee said.
Sherman, who served as special adviser to President Clinton on North Korea, traveled to the country with then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000.
Trump agreed on Friday to meet with Kim Jong-un by the end of May and the two Koreas are due to hold their own summit by the end of April
"If North Korea and the USA, who are the directly involved parties of the truce agreement, hold the summit at Panmunjom, it would hold the significant meaning of turning a symbol of division into one of peace", the Blue House official said. Nobody has yet suggested that she met the veteran Kim Yong-chol, although his visit to South Korea takes on renewed significance now that we know what has ensued.
The U.S. and South Korea hold military manoeuvrs every year.
South Korean stocks edged up Tuesday as a positive outlook for the global semiconductor market pushed up tech shares.
Koh Yu-hwan, who teaches North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said the regime has long sought a peace treaty to end the more than 60-year-old cease-fire between the two sides and help guarantee its safety.
'I believe they will honour that commitment, ' the president said.
In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea told the world body's Human Rights Council that any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps.
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