What Can Be Done for a Nuclear Deal with North Korea?

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

"But the North has yet to give a response, even though there are necessary steps, such as North Korea's sending of an invitation for the trip to the North", Baik said.

Administration officials are scrambling to turn President Donald Trump's surprise decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into a reality, preparing for an unprecedented, high stakes summit with little time, an understaffed State Department and a mercurial President who may not stick to his script when the time comes.

President Donald Trump predicted "tremendous success" in upcoming groundbreaking talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and suggested the reclusive state wants to "make peace" despite a years-long nuclear standoff.

The issue is one of the top priorities of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley singled out China for praise, saying Beijing had been "very helpful" in the push for sanctions, and also cited South Korea and Japan.

The secretary departed for the US on Monday, cutting his Africa trip short amid speculation it was to prepare for the unprecedented meeting between Trump and Kim.

As Axios writes in an article "How a Kim-Trump summit could help save the Iran deal", for those working to keep the U.S.in the Iran nuclear deal, however, a Kim-Trump encounter - assuming it comes off - would be encouraging.

North Korean agents kidnapped a number of ordinary Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s, in order to train its spies in the Japanese language and culture.

He added: "Should we succeed, there will be dramatic changes in world history, and (South) Korea will have played the leading role".

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"The only thing that would take priority is if I have commitments here that I can not change", Faso said.

Mr Taro Kono told Mr Suh Hoon, the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, that he was grateful for Seoul's efforts, which have brought a turnaround in the tense situation, the spokesman said in a statement.

Although it's reported that Kim Jong-un is keen for President Trump to sign a peace treaty, experts are now concerned what might be said if the two notoriously volatile meet in private.

"We are very grateful to China for its consistent position", he said.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the United States decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation. "The South Koreans are clearly heavily involved".

"Let me urge the DPRK to consolidate this rapprochement with a parallel opening to human rights review", said Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Xi said China looked forward to smooth talks between the two Koreas and between the United States and North Korea and substantive progress in the denuclearization process and normalization of ties.

Chung said South Korean government officials "believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula were made with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government".

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