Meeting with North Korea a step in the right direction

18 May, 2018, 04:20 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi in the capital of Belarus on Nov. 3 2008

In a statement, the White House said: "We are aware of the South Korean media report".

Marc Thiessen opined Wednesday on why Kim Jong Un may be on the verge of pulling out of a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. Trump said the United States government hasn't been informed about any change in plans for the June 12 meeting. "He'll be there and he'll be ready".

A statement carried on North Korea's official state news agency said if the Trump administration "unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks".

"We support the improvement of North-South [Korean] relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the USA, denuclearization on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy", Mr. Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.

Today, North Korea, through its official news agency, has issued another threat to cancel the planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.

"And if it doesn't, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"The amelioration of the situation on the Korean Peninsula is hard won and should be cherished", foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing.

The United States has insisted on complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and the facilities needed to build the weapons as soon as possible.

Bolton called the decision by North Korea to scrap meetings with South Korea "discouraging" and evidence of "old thinking".

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The White House said Wednesday morning it is not surprised North Korea is threating to call off next month's historic meeting.

At a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in last month, Mr Kim reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Kim's warning came after North Korea abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest US-South Korean military exercises.

Pyongyang also raised hopes ahead of the U.S. summit by announcing it will destroy its nuclear testing site next week.

In a sign of the improved relationship, a North Korean delegation is visiting Beijing to learn about China's experience in economic reform and opening up.

The North has said it won't return to talks with Seoul due to the exercises.

State department spokesperson Heather Nauert was barely able to hide her surprise, given that Kim had "previously said he understands the need and the utility of the United States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) continuing in its joint exercises".

The State Department refuted the allegations that these exercises are provocative in nature.

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