Trump May Not Meet With North Korean Leader Until June

Aaron Brown
April 10, 2018

Well, it depends on who you're asking. Last year, Trump threatened to bring "fire and fury" on Kim's country if it continued its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

But to Pyongyang, it means something very, very different. But this step of friendship from North Korea will surely take a new turn.

Either way, "denuclearization", in the sense that Kim means it, does not equate to what the United States has long sought on the Peninsula: the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

In the past, North Korea pledged to freeze its nuclear program in exchange for food aid and easing economic sanctions.

South Korea has been keen to lower tensions on the peninsula and some fear that it could bend to Pyongyang's demands.

South Korea has stated that denuclearization could be a topic of discussion during the formal meeting of the nations.

The Pentagon agreed to postpone annual spring exercises with the South Korean military until after the Winter Olympics.

"They've said so; we've said so", the president said. The field training exercises, called Foal Eagle, involve 11,500 American troops, down from 15,000 previous year.

After Trump's shock March announcement that he had accepted an invitation to meet the reclusive North Korean leader, there have been doubts about whether the talks will go ahead.

But many in Washington seem to have another misguided assumption about those talks, analysts here say.

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Detailed coverage of Monday's meeting - held two days before the annual session of North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament - is unusual and could indicate Kim's desire to project an image of a functioning political system to the outside world, an analyst said.

That would be a non-starter for nearly any U.S. president, or for Seoul.

Even after Kim visited Beijing, there was no mention of the same came up. "Now his dreams are coming true".

The ministry said Russian Federation supports United Nations Security Council resolutions on imposing sanctions on the North, as well as helping resolve the security issue on the Korean Peninsula. "And we don't have fair deals", Trump said.

But rather than "maximum pressure", it's more like "optimum pressure", said John Delury, an global relations professor at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Kim Jong Un is said to be a heavy smoker and is often seen holding cigarettes in photos and broadcasts.

"He's done with the first half of his plan", Delury said.

He said the two sides will discuss the denuclearization of North Korea and expressed hope for an improvement in ties.

The North has previously demanded the withdrawal of United States troops based in the South and the end of the security alliance between Seoul and Washington, which is an extraordinary concession that it is hard to imagine any previous USA president agreeing to.

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