China's Xi urges better communication with South Korea over nuclear crisis

Daniel Fowler
March 13, 2018

South Korean U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who also attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity". However, both the USA and Japan are sceptical, remembering past instances where North Korea has used potential diplomatic resolution to relieve pressure on the regime.

"I know those are all questions people are anxious to have answers to".

A Democratic opponent of Trump, Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, said on NBC, "I want to see our president succeed, because if he succeeds, America succeeds".

Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the Korean border, but a venue for the North Korea-U.S. summit has yet to be decided.

Tillerson has been working the issue several time zones ahead of the U.S. East Coast during a five-nation swing through sub-Saharan Africa.

The vast majority of North Korea's foreign trade passes through China and much of it has ground to a standstill since UN Security Council sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

"Make no mistake about it, while these negotiations are going on, there will be no concession made", Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday".

North Korea has a history of deceit and can not be trusted despite claims it wants to talk peace, says a national security analyst.

He went on, "while it might look to many observers as two insane leaders heading for a nuclear showdown, to me it looks like two colorful characters who probably have a weird kind of respect for each other".

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Later, at a political rally in Pennsylvania, when Trump mentioned Kim's name, the crowd booed.

South Korean officials announced last week that Donald Trump accepted North Korea's invitation.

The area has been the site of countless talks between the two sides following the Korean War (1950-53).

"He's marshalled unprecedented economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime in North Korea and this breakthrough - and we hope it is a breakthrough - is a result of the strong leadership the president has provided on the world stage", Pence said.

"What's important is that I am wearing the colors of South Korea, not the flag of any other country".

The South Korean officials are on a mission to broker denuclearization talks between the North and the United States.

Kim's message was earlier delivered to Trump by Moon's chief envoy and top security adviser Chung Eui-yong. It also puts the presence of American military in Seoul on the table for discussion. The allies had agreed to delay the drills until after the Winter Paralympics end later this month.

If anyone's "foolhardy" here, it's not Trump, but the Times editorial writers, who apparently hate Trump so much that they couldn't see the truth of what Scott Adams had been writing for almost a year. Now the new USA president has agreed to talk with him, one on one. This means listening to our partners (especially Japan); playing the long game against Chinese demands for territorial control of the South China Sea; pushing back on Chinese cyber-forays; and maintaining a qualitative military edge over Beijing.

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