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Deterrence and diplomacy are the only options for North Korea

13 March 2018
Deterrence and diplomacy are the only options for North Korea

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. Sweden has also been the site of talks between North Korean officials and experts from the United States, South Korea and other countries.

Trump on Saturday predicted "tremendous success" in the talks and suggested North Korea wanted to "make peace".

On Monday, Pyongyang appeared to have cold feet, though.

"The North showed willingness on denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula", said a statement from the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday.

Pyongyang is approaching the summit "with caution and they need time to organize their stance", the spokesman noted. When asked whether Trump would consider travelling to Pyongyang, White House principal deputy secretary Raj Shah said, "I don't think that that's highly likely but again, I'm not going to rule anything out".

The two Koreas intend to hold a summit next month, with a meeting between US and North Korean leaders expected to follow.

But the uncertainty still lingers over plans for the first-ever meeting of a serving USA president and a North Korean leader.

North Korea could also be delaying its response to prepare the political battlespace by creating distance between the USA and its allies and ensuring Pyongyang's long list of grievances is on the table before talks begin.

Portman, R-Ohio, said the United States should continue its robust economic sanctions against North Korea "until North Korea changes course and ends its unsafe pursuit of nuclear weapons that threaten the United States and our allies".

The report of the coming May meeting was announced in Seoul, South Korea, with television images of President Trump and Kim Jong Un in similar poses waving to crowds.

From that moment, the situation went from bad to worse for Team Trump, which had said it would meet with the North Korean delegation on the sidelines of the Games.

China looked forward to smooth talks between the two Koreas and between the United States and North Korea and substantive progress in the denuclearisation process and normalisation of ties, Xi added.

North Korea is reportedly open to discussing denuclearization with the US, yet the rogue regime remains silent on the possible meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un and is literally building monuments to its missile program.

People carry flags in front of statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017.

Another envoy, South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, also arrived in Tokyo for a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.