Trump wants 'concrete actions' before meeting North Korea's Kim: White House

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All along, amid calls in South Korea and by both China and Russian Federation, for the USA to negotiate with Kim, the Trump administration, like those before it, has been demanding that North Korea first get rid of its nuclear weapons before any negotiations - a demand that it knew meant no negotiations. The only requirement is to to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the United States and the Soviet Union established a hotline between the Kremlin and the White House to allow for better crisis communications. He said his trips were aimed at bringing "basketball diplomacy" to the isolated country. But the consequences of such a high-stakes gamble remain hard to predict. Instead, KCNA and Rodong praised North Korean envoys to the event for their diplomatic prowess.

"He (Kim) expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible", Chung said. Volo said that Kim asked Rodman about Trump before he announced his candidacy for president and "he had a lot of respect for the future president at the time".

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". "In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain".

"The President wants to make sure that we de-nuclearize the (Korean) peninsula", Sanders said. A clear understanding of its meaning will show that North Korea's vision of "denuclearization" bears no resemblance to the American understanding of that term.

Other regional powers reacted cautiously.

"This proves that China's "suspension for suspension" proposal was the right prescription for the problem and created basic conditions for the improvement of inter-Korean relations". He told Reuters the meeting is a reward to North Korea.

During the visit, Kim reportedly joked over dinners of Korean hotpot and cold noodles.

"Thornton has been very involved in this process since the beginning, and has traveled to the region several times", Goldstein said.

He said: "Things have not worked in the past, there's no question".

Jiji Press reported Friday the families of the abductees said the latest developments are a sign of progress. Short said the administration was cautious about the meeting, but Congress was responding with "excitement and encouragement". The White House didn't immediately confirm the news, though, and diplomats were left scrambling to response to the unplanned announcement.

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Envoy Chung Eui-yong, head of Seoul's National Security Office, will travel to China as well as Russian Federation following his Washington trip where he announced Trump will meet Kim. Washington still remains publicly dedicated to annual war games with the South that the North claims are invasion rehearsal -they're expected to resume next month, after being postponed during the Winter Olympics in the South - and to keeping 28,500 troops in the South and 50,000 in Japan, largely as a way to deter North Korean aggression.

"Trump has a vibrant track record of surprise announcements that have distracted attention, at least temporarily, from concern over tariffs and border walls and the growing threat to his presidency posed by the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election".

USA president says Kim offered talks on denuclearisation and promised to halt missile testing during negotiations.

Kim had "committed to denuclearisation" and to suspending nuclear and missile tests, Chung said. Long described by many in the Western press as a lunatic dictator, irrational and ruthless, more fond of European wine and cheese than being a statesman, Mr. Kim kicked off a well-planned round of diplomatic charm in the past few months. "I think that is actually what put North Korea on a similar stage".

Pyongyang's long race to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the continental United States has proved a problem for successive U.S. administrations. That pressure would not abate as the U.S. heads toward the historic talks, the White House said. "We've got to break this cycle".

"Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze", he tweeted.

On Friday, Tillerson drew a distinction between "talks" and "negotiations", said Trump would engage in talks with Kim.

In the last two decades, they have been engaged in what is perhaps the world's most risky nuclear standoff, with 30,000 United States military personnel stationed just over the border in the South.

Trump has derided Kim as a "maniac", referred to him as "little rocket man" and threatened in a speech previous year to "totally destroy" North Korea, a country of 26 million people, if it attacked the United States or one of its allies. He's oscillated between threats and insults directed at Kim and more conciliatory rhetoric. It certainly appears Trump believed, in the moment, that North Korea had not been interested in a meeting until then, so he needed to take the deal before they changed their mind.

His staff hollowing out and his agenda languishing, President Donald Trump is increasingly flying solo.

Trump had welcomed the offer as "very positive" and refused to rule out a meeting with Kim.

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