Marcha 18, 2018

Trump Sees 'Possible Progress' in North Korea Talks

08 Marcha 2018, 12:56 | Bibiana Flor

The meeting between the two counties provides fresh hope of a thawing of tensions More

The meeting between the two counties provides fresh hope of a thawing of tensions More

It may well be that Mr Trump is reserving judgement on the validity of any discussions or summits because these developments seem to have come at the behest of South Korea.

Moreover, the possibility of an American military intervention would grow.

Similarly, President Donald Trump's administration has not clarified whether North Korea must pledge the "denuclearization" Trump has demanded as a precondition for substantive talks.

"What traditionally comes next is that they move up a ladder of escalating demands without offering significant or irreversible commitments or concessions, and finally, when they hit the limit and the United States or South Koreans put their foot down, that becomes the pretext to revert to the cycle of provocations".

North Korea ordered the assassination last year of its leader's estranged half brother with a banned nerve agent, an act that has caused the United States to impose new sanctions on the country, the State Department said Tuesday.

Hong Joon-pyo, the head of the conservative main opposition party, the Liberty Korea Party, lambasted the talks as akin to the 1938 deal British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain negotiated with Adolf Hitler - and proclaimed as "peace for our time" - agreeing to Nazi Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. Chung said the North promised not to use its nuclear and conventional weapons against South Korea.

Trump earlier in the day on Twitter cited "possible progress" but said it may be "false hope".

U.S. intelligence officials were doubtful about Tuesday's alleged progress. "I know we'll be talking about that issue", Coats told a U.S. Senate Armed Services hearing on worldwide threats. This is the best opportunity we've had to engage [Kim Jong Un] since he came to power. But as I have written before, it could be convinced to cap its nuclear programme and submit it to international checks.

They noted that the North has said many times in the past that it would denuclearize, but it has never followed through.

Our experiences advise us not to forget that for the North, making agreements and promises is one thing and implementing them is another. The visit was held in the wake of the high-profile Winter Olympic diplomacy between the Koreas. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). "If the North Korean regime is serious about denuclearization, then its words will be met with actions".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

History has taught us that the Clinton administration's security guarantees to North Korea were rebuffed.

The global reaction to the recent talks has been nothing unexpected: undue focus has been placed on North Korea's "willingness" to give up its nuclear program, with little attention paid to the somewhat vague conditions Pyongyang stipulates.

The US said it would impose new sanctions on North Korea in response.

Over the last three decades, every U.S. president has used a mix of incentives and penalties in an effort to persuade North Korea's reclusive leaders to abandon their quest for nuclear weapons.

"The North expressed its willingness to hold open-minded talks with the United States to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and normalize North Korea-U.S. relations", Chung said. "We are going to do something, one way or the other, we are going to do something and not let that situation fester". A second missile test is deemed capable of reaching anywhere in the continental United States.

Both Seoul and Washington say they will press ahead with joint war games after the the Paralympics end on March 18 - which means they could coincide with the inter-Korean summit. "It's also the first one we had in a while between South and North Korea", Kim said.

"The North bring up disarmament talks and the withdrawal of U.S. forces", the official said.

In a briefing following the meeting, Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hong Jun-pyo expressed doubt that cross-border talks would lead to the North dismantling its nukes. The house is just over the southern side of the borderline.

On March 5-6, a South Korean delegation led by National Security Director Chung Eui-yong visited Pyongyang to ensure rapprochement between the two countries and promote dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

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