Kim meeting: What role should China play?

President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. President Trump accepting a reported offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a stunnin

Kim meeting: What role should China play?

News of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent shock waves around the globe. "If military threats to the North Korea decrease and regime safety is guaranteed, the North showed that it has no reason to retain nukes."The import of this statement should not be overblown". Kim is evidently willing to suspend nuclear and missile tests for now - a minimal, easily reversed concession, mostly likely made only to buy time to fit a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S.

Abe is scheduled to meet Suh on Tuesday morning to hear about what went on at the Pyongyang talks. He spoke ahead of a meeting in Tokyo with South Korea intelligence chief Suh Hoon.

He said "North Korea's recent changes are the results of maximum pressure imposed by Japan, the US, and South Korea working closely together".

Kim has yet to publicly confirm his invitation to meet with Trump in a bid to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, and officials in Seoul and Washington say the exact location and timing of any summit remain to be determined. "We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea but we expect to hear something directly from them", he said during a visit to Nigeria.

Foreign capitals are moving quickly as well, with the South Korean and Japanese foreign ministers announcing plans to meet with Tillerson in Washington on Friday for more in-depth consultations. Carranza said the meeting place will be a crucial factor.

"We fully expect that it (the meeting) will (take place)".

"When we say peace, what do we mean?"

Zhang Liangui, a professor and Korea scholar at the Central Party School in Beijing, emphasized that the North Korea nuclear issue "involves geopolitical and regional security and China naturally should take an active part in it".

Even as the world reacts, North Korea has maintained silence, not responding to Trump's announcement last week.

The decades since the 1953 armistice have seen South Korea enjoy vast prosperity and North Korea earn its reputation as the "Hermit Kingdom".

Again, we don't know. "So, he would use this to extract payoffs", McMaster continued, "as the regime has done with their nuclear program in the past, and to drive the States and our allies away from this peninsula that he would then try to dominate."For those duly skeptical of the efficacy and wisdom of preventive war - not least because of the incredible human suffering it would necessarily entail-the truth of McMaster's argument is not almost so "clear" as he claims.As retired Col. Andrew Bacevich, a military historian, has argued that, Kim is indeed "engaged in a huge game of blackmail", but not as McMaster describes".

On Saturday, Trump gave his opinion of what might happen at the talks, saying: "I may leave fast or we may sit down and make the greatest deal for the world".

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