Trump, aides prepare for risky meeting with North Korea

Trump, aides prepare for risky meeting with North Korea

In another freaky twist in modern politics, former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman is praising President Trump after the White House announced Trump had agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for talks by the end of May.

Let's be fair-Donald Trump's confrontational approach to North Korea, at one point even threatening to rain down "fire and fury" on the Kim regime, has played an enormous role in pushing Beijing to lean on Pyongyang, and has helped force North Korea to the negotiating table.

Two weeks after Jo's visit, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met with Kim Jong Il during a two-day visit in Pyongyang aimed at easing tensions.

It would be easy to forget amid North Korea's masterful handling of the news agenda in the first months of 2018 that the country has repeatedly defied United Nations resolutions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, been blamed for last year's murder of the Supreme Leader's half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia, and accused of launching cyber-attacks in order to raise foreign currency. "While we must take any credible opportunity to talk with Pyongyang about denuclearization, we must also never forget that the DPRK continues to represent a grave threat to the United States, our allies, and global peace and stability". -South Korean military exercises.

In the short term, Thursday's news will distract from the mushrooming scandal of Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and the relentless march of special counsel Robert Mueller deep into the White House.

The two leaders later traded insults and Trump bragged his "nuclear button" was bigger than Kim's.

The White House said Trump's meeting with Kim would take place "at a place and time to be determined". North Korea uses this to advance its nuclear and missile programs. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk".

There are two possibilities behind Kim's invitation to meet with Trump, said Rubio.

"We know that it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on North Korea". In a highly unusual scene, Chung, who met with the North Korean leader earlier this week, announced the Trump-Kim meeting from the West Wing driveway.

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Evans Revere, a former senior State Department official experienced in negotiating with North Korea, warned there is a disconnect between how the North and the US describes "denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula.

But as we saw from Trump's recent announcement on steel and aluminum tariffs, this president has a penchant for making worldwide policy decisions in response to political developments at home.

It is likely a sign that the most stringent ever sanctions imposed on the North Koreans through the UN Security Council as a result of a United States initiative are beginning to bite and impose severe pressure on Kim's regime.

Trump's agreement on Thursday to meet North Korea's reclusive leader marked a stunning development in America's high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea - interpreted by some analysts as a diplomatic win for Kim.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who led the pursuit of detente with North Korea during his country's hosting of the Winter Olympics last month, said the summit would set a course for denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula, according to a presidential spokesman. "The president has accepted that invitation", the official said.

Even observers who credit Trump's hardline stance with setting the stage for talks said they are waiting to see if this time is different. "Trump, always the publicity-seeker, is just diving right in", Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University in South Korea and North Korea expert, said on Twitter.

There's also the issue of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"If you do that, it will be the end of you? and your regime".

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".

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