White House expects N.Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence


South Korea's National Security Office chief, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation to Pyongyang, will head to Russian Federation on Tuesday, while spy agency chief Suh Hoon met Japan's foreign minister in Tokyo, where he is to speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

Chung is visiting China to discuss his recent visit to North Korea, at which the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit next month.

Now that the shock of President Donald Trump's decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in May has worn off, it's time to consider the broader strategic implications of how the USA can best approach Kim's lethal regime in particular, and Asia in general.

Japan worries that agreeing too readily to summit-level talks could simply give the North more time to advance its nuclear program, repeating past missteps in dealing with Pyongyang.

(STAND-UP) "The South Korean president said the fate of his country and the Korean Peninsula now hangs on how they handle the next two months this opportunity that has landed in the world's hands like a miracle".

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

At a news conference during a visit to Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Tillerson said that the USA expects to hear directly from Pyongyang.

Still, with all these caveats, we should still open talks with North Korea.

Today, China is implementing sanctions on North Korea more faithfully than ever before. For the North Korean leader, this is recognition he has long sought. White House officials initially waffled on the president's intentions.

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The South Korean delegation that met with him said the North Koreans indicated they're prepared to talk denuclearization if they're given certain security assurances. Is it the removal of American troops from South Korea?

No matter how good a negotiator Trump is, says Maginnis, the North Korean dictator is a devious man who oversees a brutal regime that routinely jails and kills its own people.

A January 17, 2018, Adams post headlined "How North Korea Can Become Switzerland of the East" noted, "Kim Jong Un went to school in Switzerland".

One of the conditions imposed by the Trump administration is that Pyongyang will halt any nuclear or missile testing until the talks occur and will not interfere with the joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.

As Hill saw it, North Korea agreed to denuclearize years ago, so the summit with Trump will amount to Kim extracting more concessions and payoffs as the price for honoring an agreement he already made.

Three in four South Koreans welcome North Korea's warmer tone on inter-Korean relations and its willingness to talk about denuclearization with the United States.

The summit may be complicated with issues tacked on from the Western side as well.

In an April 12, 2017, blog post headlined "The North Korea Reframe", Adams wrote about how Trump had reframed North Korea as a challenge to China.