Long sought by North Korea, summit holds risks for Trump administration

  • Long sought by North Korea, summit holds risks for Trump administration

Long sought by North Korea, summit holds risks for Trump administration

News of the meeting was delivered by South Korean officials after talks with Mr. Trump at the White House, the BBC reports. "Kim Jong-un pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests".

Months of raging tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, involving personal insults and threats of war from both sides, gave way suddenly this year to diplomacy, much of it centred on the South's hosting of the Winter Olympics. "I agreed with President Trump that this development (proposed US-North Korea talks) is the result of Japan, the US and South Korea, together with the worldwide community, having continued to put a high level of pressure on North Korea", Abe was quoted by The Japan Times as telling President Trump over the phone.

Japan, which has repeatedly cautioned the global community to be wary of falling for North Korea's charm offensive, scrambled to respond to the announcement.

Trump's diplomatic inexperience and a dearth of veterans on his team who have dealt with Pyongyang is also troubling.

Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have previously been overseen by lower-level experts and have often bogged down, even when so-called "breakthroughs" have come, in the pesky details, such as allowing outsiders in to inspect North Korea's nuclear compliance, for instance.

North Korea conducts its first flight test of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14.

Kim Jong-un has never met another foreign leader until now, though he is scheduled to meet South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in April at Panmunjom.

A few months ago, a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seemed like an impossibility.

She said sanctions had been having an impact on North Korea, but that she wasn't sure if the meeting would lead to a long-term solution to the stand-off.

Daniel Russel is a former USA assistant secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific.

When the North talks of eliminating the military threat to its regime, it means upending the alliance between the U.S., South Korea and Japan. "The Republic of Korea, the United States, and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past", Chung said. It was his latest move in a strategy that began in January with his surprise decision to fully participate in the South's Winter Olympics.

Washington still remains publicly dedicated to annual war games with the South which the North claims are a rehearsal for invasion. But he stressed that China would continue to maintain sanctions on North Korea until a political settlement was reached. -South Korean military exercises will continue, but that he also made promises to halt nuclear testings until the meeting with Trump takes place.

"As long as Trump doesn't trust North Korea and approach with caution, it will be okay". Pyongyang has broken past agreements to end its nuclear program, in exchange for economic assistance and security guarantees.

Trump briefed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the phone Thursday night about the developments, the official said. Abe said he plans to visit Trump in Washington next month to discuss the summit with North Korea.

Beijing has been calling for a return to talks for years, as well as a freeze in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests and eventual denuclearization.

But analysts warn that agreeing to a sit-down so early in the process gives Pyongyang something it desperately wants without extracting meaningful concessions in return. But North Korea's long-standing requirement for denuclearization includes the removal of all USA forces from the Korean Peninsula, and the withdrawal of the American commitment to use its nuclear arsenal to defend its allies in the region.