Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

A look at what's ahead in a landmark Trump-Kim summit

A look at what's ahead in a landmark Trump-Kim summit

But on Capitol Hill, the reviews from defense hawks were cautious, mixed and in some cases non-existent.

Both leaders have interests in striking a big deal, said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior analyst at South Korea's Sejong Institute.

"#NorthKoreaTalks would actually be harmful unless it is clear beforehand to them & world that 3 items are non-negotiable".

"We are going to do something, one way or the other, we are going to do something and not let that situation fester". And even when he has one, Trump rarely sticks to the script. The Agreed Framework broke down after US intelligence agencies said North Korea was pursuing a second way to make bombs, using enriched uranium, leading to the breakdown of the agreement.

"Trump blusters that if sanctions do not work, the US should go over to rough phase II and that as it is a very rough action, it would make the whole world unhappy", the newspaper noted. "Skepticism and caution are critical as these discussions continue".

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Sanders' comments Friday cast doubt on the President's much-ballyhooed agreement to meet the North Korean leader, with the White House appearing to impose new conditions that were not apparent a day earlier. If correct, this would amount to dramatic about-face of a firm position that its nuclear weapons programme, which it says it maintains for its own survival against United States aggression, is not for negotiation.

The Paralympics began Friday as South Korea announced a grant of $120,000 to North Korea to support the participation of its team at the events which were scheduled to end on March 18.

Unless the countries agree to a third-country location, which would likely be South Korea, experts see it as more likely that Trump will fly to Pyongyang.

South Korea went so far as to invite Kim Jong-Un’s sister Kim Yo-jong to the Olympics to jump start talks
South Korea went so far as to invite Kim Jong-Un’s sister Kim Yo-jong to the Olympics to jump start talks

If the meeting does take place it would mark the first sit-down between a serving US president and a Korean leader.

I said it back in 2014 that doors will open. "I'd say shocked by the speed at which this is happening".

It remains to be seen whether a summit, if it takes place, could lead to any meaningful breakthrough after an unusually provocative year.

"This is serious stuff", he said.

"However, a question mark still hangs over the key issue - whether the North is genuinely willing to negotiate away its nuclear arsenal", it said. She repeated later in the briefing that Trump would only take the meeting "on the basis that we have concrete and verifiable steps".

"We will continue imposing the utmost pressure until North Korea takes specific actions toward thorough, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", Abe said, while also emphasizing that "Japan and the USA have been and will be together 100 percent".

Trump will likely try to achieve something dramatic in his meeting with Kim, said Hong Min, an analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification, including a possible exchange of verbal commitments on the denuclearization of North Korea and a peace treaty between the two countries.

Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein said Friday that Tillerson participated in the White House call with Abe on Thursday.

Kim, eager to end global sanctions and prevent military action by the USA, has signaled a possible readiness to denuclearize. Lindsey Graham said in a statement. "However, I do believe that North Korea now believes President Trump will use military force if he has to".

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