NK faces no more conditions for talks but yet to contact US

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

"This meeting won't take place without concrete actions that match the promises that have been made by North Korea". "If so, the meeting will go on as planned".

He meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

When asked whether the message concerned the release of three American hostages in North Korea, as had been speculated before the South's delegation arrived in the US, the source denied it, saying that the message is more "comprehensive in content".

On Friday, one day after Trump announced the Trump-Kim summit, White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said any meeting with Pyongyang would be conditional with "zero concessions". Trump dispensed with decades of USA foreign policy orthodoxy with his decision, particularly given that the North Korean leader made only a vague offer - conveyed via a South Korean delegation that visited him - to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program. "But perhaps Kim made a more far-reaching offer".

Officials in Seoul say Pyongyang is keeping them in the dark as well.

Kim is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the JSA in April for their first ever summit, and South Korean officials see it as a top contender for a Trump summit as well.

"We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-US summit", Ministry of Unification spokesman Baik Tae Hyun told a regular news conference.

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Mr Pompeo and Mr Mnuchin said the U.S. would make no concessions and would keep the pressure on North Korea by maintaining economic sanctions and a strong U.S. defense posture before the meeting. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the US and even where the two leaders might meet.

The CIA Director, Mike Pompeo said Sunday, "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" is also a possibility.

North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea, on December 19, 2013.

Moreover, it demonstrates that voices like McMaster's that promote preventive war are dealing not in reality but in a reckless fantasy which could all too easily claim the lives of millions, destroy USA alliances in Asia, undermine American security, and cause untold economic damage.Bonnie Kristian is a fellow at Defense Priorities, an organization which inform citizens, thought leaders, and policy makers of the importance of a strong, dynamic military. For so long, the USA has sent aircraft carriers and jet fighters in the seas close to the Korean peninsula and stationed some 20,000 American troops in South Korea.

Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay worldwide action while strengthening its nuclear program.

Kono thanked Suh for his briefing and expressed his respect for Seoul's efforts which have led to a major breakthrough in North Korean issues, saying that "East Asia is just about to witness a miracle".

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