Trump says he's prepared to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Ruben Ruiz
March 11, 2018

For years, the official USA policy on North Korea was "strategic patience".

That explains why China never took the ultimate step of stopping oil from flowing into North Korea, maintaining the lifeline that fuels the economy and army, and keeps the regime in place. A chorus of indignation would have erupted about Trump the warmonger, the crazed inhabitant of the White House, and so on. He once called him "little rocketman" and threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea the likes of which the world has not seen before.

Now that Trump has accepted the offer, a lot of eye rolling is taking place among liberals. Who should the North Koreans listen to? He refers to Kim as "Rocket Man" and that he's "on a suicide mission for himself". USA policy has long resisted offering any validation to the rogue regime - validation it could then leverage geopolitically.

The United States and North Korea have been locked in a standoff for decades, and it was exacerbated by the isolated regime's development of ballistic missiles. The European Union, Russia and China - whose leader spoke by phone with Trump on Friday - have all welcomed the move.

The United States has repeatedly made clear it wants North Korea to denuclearize.

If the meeting does lead to tangible results, including denuclearization, there could be huge consequences for South Korea and the US' other allies in the region.

The "promises" on denuclearization and desisting from weapons tests were relayed to Trump by South Korean officials who had met with Kim Monday and brought his summit invitation to the White House. Trump met with video game industry representatives and some vocal industry critics to discuss what role violent games play in tragedies like the recent mass shooting in Parkland, FL.

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.

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"Pyongyang can say they tried and resume nuclear and missile testing", he said.

"He finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets, ordering them to be on standby to fire so that they may strike any time the USA mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in south Korea", a KCNA report in English said. Lindsey Graham said, though he added that he thinks the Kim regime believes Trump's military threats.

Previous North Korean leaders have sought face-to-face talks with consecutive USA presidents, who consistently rebuffed the idea.

During President Barack Obama's administration, North Korean officials were also seeking a breakthrough with the United States, and were disappointed when American officials offered no diplomatic concessions, former U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has said. But other prominent American political figures have visited Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, in the past, many with a similar goal of trying to stop its nuclear program. Albright is the highest-level US official to visit North Korea while in office.

"Clearly the target here is China and how that unfolds will be important for markets", Nixon said. S. and North Korea to hold talks as soon as possible, saying that at a news briefing in Beijing on Thursday that things "will not be smooth sailing". "Otherwise we are setting ourselves up for a major diplomatic failure".

Chung, who credited Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign for the diplomatic opening on the nuclear issue, said Kim understands that routine U.S. "He pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests", South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong told reporters after meeting with Trump at the White House.

"We know that it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on North Korea". And the North has made a habit of reaching out after raising fears during previous crises, with offers of dialogue meant to win aid and concessions. Here's what could go wrong before Trump and Kim even get started. It would also require the U.S.to withdraw its nuclear protection from South Korea and Japan.

"This is something he's had on his mind for quite some time", Mr Tillerson said.

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