Thursday, 13 December, 2018

South Korea Wants to Meet the North Without Upsetting Trump

South Korea Wants to Meet the North Without Upsetting Trump South Korea Wants to Meet the North Without Upsetting Trump
Melinda Barton | 10 January, 2018, 10:36

"We will closely consult with the United States in the process of South-North Korea dialogue", Moon was quoted as saying in the Blue House readout of a call to President Donald Trump on Thursday, adding the talks could be a prelude to U.S. "They know the author and they know he's a fraud". "It's very important that we don't ever let him get so arrogant that he doesn't realize the reality of what would happen if he started a nuclear war".

South Korea said the North had sent its consent for the talks to be held on Tuesday. While Trump and other USA officials should not fall for it, they also ought to prevent Kim from portraying this country as a villain.

"If North Korea is serious about denuclearisation talks, they should accept (the decision to delay the exercise) as meeting one of its conditions for talks and refrain from asking for complete suspension of joint military drills".

Trump has claimed he is supportive of North Korea participating at next month's Olympics and hopes it will aid relations on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump said Saturday of Kim: "He knows I'm not messing around".

South Korea and the United States chose to postpone their annual military exercise Key Resolve and Foul Eagle until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, which are to be held from Feb 9-25 and from March 9-18, respectively.

South Korea Wants to Meet the North Without Upsetting Trump

"The North's bigger objective would also be to use the global platform to raise its profile and standing in the world and convince the worldwide community that it is a peace-loving, normal state and not a unsafe rogue nation, and that its nuclear weapons are purely for self-defense purposes", Duyeon Kim, visiting senior research fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum think tank, told Newsweek.

"North Korea goes through phases of apparent dialogue and provocation but either way, North Korea is continuing its nuclear and missile development".

Pyongyang also said that other participants included vice-chairman of the CPRC Jon Jong Su, director of the CPRC Hwang Chung Song, and vice-minister of Physical Culture and Sports Won Kil U.

"We don't think Kim Jong Un is getting the straight story from those around him about the tenuous position he finds himself in both domestically and internationally", Pompeo said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Trump was keeping Kim Jong Un "on his toes."

President Trump tweeted his support for the talks in a post on Thursday, and attempted to take credit for the diplomatic overture. "What he has basically said is yes, there could be a time where we talk to North Korea, but a lot of things have to happen before that actually takes place". They have to be willing to talk about banning their nuclear weapons. When Beijing overcame its vigorous objections to the THAAD system and opened talks with Moon last spring, this was no positive turn with the potential to promote stability in Northeast Asia.