US, N. Korea go from threats to possible summit in a flash

by Antonio Miles March 10, 2018, 1:49
US, N. Korea go from threats to possible summit in a flash

"Much respect to President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un for their upcoming historic meeting".

"Why put him on the same stage of the president?" he asked.

Gold prices extended losses into a third session on Friday as the dollar strengthened against the yen on hopes of easing tensions between the United States and North Korea and ahead of USA non-farm payrolls data later in the day.

"For the first time the United States is having talks from a position of strength not a position of weakness, as North Korea finds itself in because of the maximum pressure campaign", she said. He refers to Kim as "Rocket Man" and that he's "on a suicide mission for himself".

In the last two decades, they have been engaged in what is perhaps the world s most risky nuclear standoff, with 30,000 USA military personnel stationed just over the border in the South.

Instead, Kim only promised to stop nuclear and ballistic missile testing and said he accepted the right of the US and South Korea to move forward with joint military exercises later this year.

News that Donald Trump would meet Kim Jong Un struck Washington like a ton of bricks - particularly as the brash leaders of the feuding nations have engaged in rhetorical warfare in recent months.

Since Trump came into office, the USA has leveled some of its most significant and far-reaching sanctions against North Korea and has also succeeded in pressuring China to further isolate the regime.

But tension eased around last month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, laying the groundwork for what would be the first meeting between leaders from North Korea and the United States, and the biggest foreign policy gamble for Trump since he took office in January past year.

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The meeting would be a first between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, offering a potential breakthrough in relations between the two adversaries.

February 9: Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, becomes the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War.

The table was set for the announcement on Tuesday when South Korea announced the North had stated there was "no reason" to hold on to its nuclear weapons "if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its regime is guaranteed".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said news of the possible meeting gave reasons to be hopeful about Korea. But he stressed that China would continue to maintain sanctions on North Korea until a political settlement was reached.

"So I think really what changed was his posture, in a fairly dramatic way in all honesty, that came as a little bit of a surprise to us as well that he was so forward leaning in his conversations with the delegation from South Korea", he said.

The latter acknowledgment marked a significant shift for the Kim regime.

Here are some key quotes from the Trump-Kim squabble.

"This is literally how the North Korean film The Country I Saw ends", he wrote on Twitter.

A senior State Department official told CNN "we'll be ready" for the talks to advance.

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