Trump To Use North Korea Sanctions As Key Leverage

Cartoon by RJ Matson Portland ME

Cartoon by RJ Matson Portland ME

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he believes his meeting with US President Donald Trump could produce "great achievements", according to a report by Seoul-based SBS TV.

But Trump and Kim share a penchant for bold, dramatic moves, and their personal participation in a negotiation could take it in unexpected directions.

Consider this the latest piece of evidence that the first summit between a sitting US president and the leader of North Korea is another example of Trump acting first and his staff sorting it out later.

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

"We've seen a reported commitment by the DPKR to enter negotiations on denuclearisation and refrain from testing nuclear weapons while these negotiations would take place", Kocijancic said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Trump in a phone call on Friday that he appreciated his desire to resolve the North Korea issue politically, Chinese state media said.

Ardern said talks were something the New Zealand government had been hoping for and she thought it was "a sign we are moving further away" from the prospect of war.

South Korean television network JTBC reported the delegation would meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence but a meeting with Trump has not been finalized.

A venue was not announced but neutral Switzerland, which often hosts summits, said it was ready to facilitate the meeting.

Sanders says President Donald Trump won't have the meeting "until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".

Earlier on Thursday, Messer released a statement applauding the President's efforts saying if North Korea disarms, President Trump would be deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The official place and time is still being "determined".

Chung Eui-yong, President Moon Jae-in's national security chief, said the main aim of the US visit is to build trust with the United States regarding potential dialogue, South Korean television network SBS reported Thursday.

Japan is also concerned by the American focus on North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles. "This maximum pressure campaign and this process has been ongoing since the president first took office", Sanders added.

"We have always been clear that we want Kim Jong Un to change path and put the welfare of his people ahead of the illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons", May's spokesman said. The State Department's foremost expert on North Korea, Joseph Yuan, left his post in February and has not yet been replaced.

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