Trump, Kim Jong Un Plan for May Meeting

Pauline Gross
March 10, 2018

After a year of tough talk, Trump, who before entering the White House had little foreign policy experience, will be sitting down in one of the most politically fraught discussions of his presidency and some hawks warn Trump needs ground rules first.

President Trump has accepted Kim Jong Un's invitation to meet sometime between now and May.

He said the United States has made "zero concessions" and has increased pressure on the regime, including sanctions that remain in place.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the world leaders to hail the announcement as a "glimmer of hope", saying North Korea's nuclear drive "has been a source of great concern for all of us".

And the North will push to get what it has wanted since the 1950s: removal of USA troops and protection from the free, prosperous and vulnerable South. Trump can not sell out the South and expose 50 million people there to Kim's big army right there on other side of the Demilitarized Zone, 35 miles from Seoul.

Kim had "committed to denuclearization" and to suspending nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong told reporters at the White House on Thursday after briefing Trump on a meeting South Korean officials held with Kim earlier this week. No sitting American President has ever met a North Korean leader, and Trump himself has repeatedly vowed that he would not commit the error of his predecessors by being drawn into a protracted negotiation in which North Korea extracted concessions from the United States but held on to key elements of its nuclear programme.

"I think we should all welcome diplomacy over fire and fury, I think that's right", Valerie Jarrett, a former senior adviser to Obama, said on "The View" Friday.

Jarrett commented on the concern that a US president's meeting with Kim could validate his regime.

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A woman walks past a screen showing President Donald Trump (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Tokyo on Friday.

Messer also said that meaningful talks would be more progress than the nation saw during the entire Obama Administration.

Japan's prime minister on Friday welcomed the surprise announcement of the summit between United States and North Korean leadership. Just 16 days later, North Korea announced that it would launch a satellite into space, which of course requires ballistic missile technology, and the Americans found themselves rather dumbfounded. But the senior fellow for the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative said he has some reservations on the terms of such a summit.

"Well, I'm not against talking to North Korea, and I think if President Trump were to take a hard line and say at this point that I'm not interested in talking with the North Korean leader, then his critics would say ideological rigidity and all those things are hampering any chances of improvement in the relationship - even peace in the region".

On Thursday (8 March), a South Korean delegation had briefed White House officials on their talks with the rogue state which were the most significant between the neighbours in more than a decade.

"To make it work requires a detailed understanding on our side of what we want, which means a high functioning policy process, it requires complex multi-layered diplomacy (with both Koreas, Japan, China, Russia, within the U.N.), it requires attention to detail and respect for process, it requires patience and enforcement", Rothkopf said in an email.

Kim responded by calling the USA president a "mentally deranged US dotard".

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