N. Korea will face no more conditions for talks

Frederick Owens
March 13, 2018

A great deal of hope is riding on the meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the end of May.

But some 63 percent of those welcoming the change in the North's attitude, or 45.7 percent of the total respondents, said they don't trust the North's stated willingness to denuclearize. The newspaper said occasional meetings have been held in a small conference room that straddles the dividing line in the Joint Security Area. Trump has called Kim "rocket man" and a "maniac", while the North Korean leader has called the president "mentally deranged". "I would say, "remain patient".

The South Korean newspaper cited an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office.

Earlier, South Korea said North Korea's silence on summits with both the United States and South Korea was probably due to caution in preparing for the meetings, while U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington expected to hear directly from 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".

America will make no concessions to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for his talks with President Donald Trump over the reclusive nation's nuclear programme, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has said and insisted that Pyongyang was buckling under the pressure of US-led global sanctions.

He favored keeping peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as key issues in any bilateral, regional or global negotiations.

So as news of a planned sit-down between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hit the front pages of newspapers here Saturday morning, Hojeong Shin was setting up a booth for a festival promoting peace between the divided countries.

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South Korea also sent its spy chief Suh Hoon to Tokyo to brief the Japanese leadership on the North Korea situation.

Chung led Moon's special envoys to Pyongyang and Washington, which led to the landmark announcements of inter-Korean and U.S.

Shin said President Moon is handling "Olympic diplomacy" with his counterpart in the North as well as possible, and that the announced summit with President Trump is a good sign.

Chinoy said China had been "bystanders" in the recent thaw in relations between North and South Korea.

North Korea's nuclear weapons tests at its Punggye-ri nuclear facility, roughly 50 miles from China's border, pose a risk of radiation leaks that could contaminate the soil, water and air in China's northeast provinces.

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump made a decision to accept Kim's offer to meet.

A USA decision to withdraw from the Iran deal would thus antagonize an global community whose cooperation Washington needs to maintain - and possibly augment - economic sanctions against North Korea.

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