Friday, 14 December, 2018

North Korea: Trump dangles denuclearization carrot

New guard post on the North Korean side of the Joint Security Area. Saturday’s escape occurred after both Koreas demolished front-line guard posts and swept for mines in a section of the Demilitarized Zone as part of an ambitious plan to disarm the area South Korean train crosses DMZ into North Korea
Leonard Rios | 05 December, 2018, 06:39

"I think we're going to do one, fairly, into January, February", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he returned late Saturday from the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.

"We're getting along very well". Moon said a visit would convey Kim's commitment to nuclear disarmament, better inter-Korean relations and world peace.

Furthermore, he said he would be interested in inviting Kim to the US for talks at "some point" in the future.

The two sides have been engaged in talks on the leaders' second meeting after the first, unprecedented, one in Singapore in June.

The only problem, as the Atlantic points out, is that Moon may be moving far too quickly towards reconciliation that the Trump administration is comfortable with, as the North is still reportedly developing certain aspects of its nuclear programs, and seems a long way from meeting the demands placed on the state by the United States.

The last defection involving North Koreans occurred in May when two civilians aboard a small boat fled to the South across the Yellow Sea.

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Trump has weathered fierce criticism of his use of tariffs to force China to deal, including from the Business Roundtable. " China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately", the White House said.

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Trump says hopes to meet N. Korea’s Kim in January or February
They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border. South Korean authorities plan to question the defector over the details of his escape.

China's influence as North Korea's largest trading partner is viewed as key to any significant agreement between the USA and North Korea.

A U.S. think tank said last month it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active, undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Kim to give up his weapons programs. "It is North Korea which should clearly state and show by taking actions, then I am sure that there will be no reason why the Security Council of the United Nations will continue to impose the sanction on North Korea".

On the sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina, Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae and has discussed about the situation up fronting.

They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border.

Trump "hopes for Chairman Kim Jong Un to fulfill the rest of his agreements, and said he will grant what Chairman Kim Jong Un wants", Moon told reporters. He said he would deliver the message if Kim visits Seoul this year. After their third meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, in September, Moon said Kim agreed to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul this year.

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