Trump, Kim Jong Un Plan for May Meeting

  • Trump, Kim Jong Un Plan for May Meeting

Trump, Kim Jong Un Plan for May Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless Pyongyang takes "concrete actions", the White House said on Friday as it faced criticism for agreeing to talks that would give North Korea worldwide legitimacy, APA reports quoting Reuters. He said that misunderstandings at a summit could lead to "recrimination and anger" and even military action if Trump were embarrassed by failure.

Sanders did not specify what actions North Korea would have to take for the meeting to occur but said the DPRK had already "promised" it would denuclearize and said that it would refrain from nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

When North Korea and South Korea competed in several Winter Olympic sports as a unified team, the news seemed to be a rare de-escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

But while that all seems like welcome news, there are many countries that are still wary and are watching North Korea closely.

"In terms of direct talks with the United States - and you asked negotiations, and we're a long ways from negotiations - I think. we just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it", Tillerson said.

The United Nations headquarters in New York - Mr Trump's home town - would mean Mr Kim stepping on American soil, but the UN has a long history of hosting a rogues' gallery of wo-rld leaders.

The White House said that Trump had accepted the invitation, and Chung Eui-yong, a South Korean official who conveyed it, told reporters that the President would meet with Kim within two months. Unlike past high-profile meetings between U.S. presidents and foreign leaders, the North Korea meeting was announced before many pertinent details surrounding the talks were ironed out or before any public lower-level diplomat discussions were established.

Less than two hours later, it came from South Korea's national security advisor.

Still, some lawmakers and foreign policy experts voiced skepticism about the wisdom of agreeing to a summit without preparations by lower-level officials, particularly given the lack of trust between the two sides.

However the prospect of such a meeting has diminished following this evening's comments.

Trump had derided the North Korean leader as a "maniac", referred to him as "little rocket man" and threatened in a speech to the United Nations previous year to "totally destroy" Kim's country of 26 million people if it attacked the United States or one of its allies.

Japan's prime minister on Friday welcomed the surprise announcement of the summit between USA and North Korean leadership. "I would be very, very surprised if North Korea actually gives up the nukes and missiles it has".

The basic question is this: Why give an entirely unreliable serial human-rights abuser like Kim Jong-Un what he most desires - the worldwide stature that would come with this meeting - without some real assurance that North Korea, which has a long habit of breaking all agreements with the United States, is actually prepared to make an honest deal? "As the administration begins to work through the important details of such a meeting, we must continue to apply maximum pressure to the regime in Pyongyang". As a presidential candidate he famously suggested meeting with United States enemies, and ended up relaunching Washington's relationships with Cuba and Iran as president.