North Korean Envoys Visit China
- Author: Leroy Wright May 15, 2018,
May 15, 2018, 3:07
Even so, risks remain, according to Abraham Denmark, an Asia expert and the former senior USA defense official. President Trump nominated Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: Hi there. "We're now waiting for a response from Pyongyang". It is possible that Moon and Kim "will talk on the hotline a little earlier than was originally expected", a Cheong Wa Dae official said. Did he talk today about that relationship? "And I'm not sure how to define it fully". And he used words like warm and substantive, which was a bit surprising coming from this, you know, tough-talking former congressman and Central Intelligence Agency director. We appreciate the efforts of the President and Secretary of State Pompeo to secure their release and the Administration's continued work to denuclearize North Korea and stabilize the region. "They regard the North Korea-US summit as an opportunity to confirm their status as a nuclear power".
After their conversation, Pompeo said that he thinks he and Kim "have a pretty good understanding between our two countries about what the shared objectives are".
Regarding the question about Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif's visit to China on Sunday, Shuang said the two countries have maintained close communication and exchanges. The US and North Korea, Kang said, are "very clear" that the sanctions remain in place until and unless they see visible, meaningful action taken by North Korea to denuclearise.
But it also raises the possibility that a successful outcome to the summit and a dominant showing overseas could begin to lift the President's overall approval rating a little ahead of midterm elections in November, it added.
At the same time Trump is preparing for the summit with Kim, he is trying to renegotiate a nuclear pact with Iran by first demolishing an existing deal.
Seoul, which shuttled between Washington and Pyongyang to set up the Trump-Kim meeting, has said Kim has genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons in return for economic benefits. What is each side looking for in the run-up to those talks?
She said that the idea of the US reducing its military footprint in South Korea wasn't on the table. He calls it a big undertaking. And after the three shook hands with the other USA officials, Trump led the group toward the assembled media to make remarks.
Trump sought to credit his North Korea strategy for helping free the men. So we'll have to see what they're ready to undertake here.