Second summit needed as North Korea not living up to commitments: Bolton

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2018

US President Donald Trump wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to know that he likes him and will fulfil his wishes, South Korea's President Moon Jae In said on Sunday, a day after meeting Mr Trump at an economic summit in Argentina.

And the message was that President Trump has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim and that he likes him, and so he wishes Chairman Kim would implement the rest of their agreement and that he would make what Chairman Kim wants come true.

"I think we're going to do one, fairly, into January, February", Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he returned late last Saturday from the G-20 summit in Argentina.

Moon said that he and Trump agreed that the sanctions should not be lifted at this point (although the recent agreement to allow a train-crossing of the demilitarized zone to test the tracks in the North constituted an "exception" to the sanctions, which could be a precedent for future similar "exceptions").

Moon emphasised the impact Kim's presence in South Korea would have on the two nations.

Trump said earlier in October that his meeting with Kim would be held after the midterm Congressional elections, and the venue of his second meeting with Kim had been narrowed down to "three or four" locations.

Differences also remain between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Mr Kim, as the dovish Mr Moon favours more robust engagement with the North.

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Asked if the meeting would take place in the U.S., Trump said that it may happen at "some point", although diplomats are now looking at three other locations for the next summit. Despite the warming ties, it remains unclear whether Kim will make his first-ever visit to the South this year, as Seoul is hoping. The two countries signed a free-trade deal in 2015.

"The crisis is still continuing because of North Korea's development of nuclear, missile and weapons program and materials".

North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy some military bunkers along their common border as part of the detente.

While the announcement establishes a window for a summit between Trump and Kim, it now appears that the two leaders are more likely to meet toward the later end of early 2019.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has reported Mr Trump as saying he expects to hold a second summit with Mr Kim as soon as next month.

"They have not lived up to the commitments so far", Bolton said at a Wall Street Journal's CEO Council conference in Washington, according to CNN.

Other reports by GizPress

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