Tillerson says ‘talks,’ but no ‘negotiations’ with North Korea

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said North Korea has made promises to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing and allow joint U.S.


As Trump’s administration ramped up its “maximum pressure campaign” on North Korea over the previous year, Tillerson was one of the more enthusiastic advocates within the Cabinet for trying to talk to the North Koreans, even as other officials warned Trump of the risks of rewarding Kim too soon.

The president, she said, is committed to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

For at least two decades, leaders in North Korea have been seeking a personal meeting with an American president.

Officials who served in Obama’s administration said there was a reason he never met with his North Korean counterpart. “If the president decides, the key actors decide if they want us to help out, we’ll be there”. -North Korea summits are nothing but starting points for a long and steep road toward achieving denuclearization.

“How will they verify the denuclearization?”

Keating said he was working with a Republican congressman on a fact-finding trip to North Korea ahead of the discussions. And now, ROK Envoy Ambassador Chung has heard it in Pyongyang. Rodman told The Washington Post that Trump was “on the way to a historical meeting no US president has ever done” and said he looked forward to bringing “more basketball diplomacy to North Korea in the upcoming months”.

Negotiations with the North Korean regime are “very painstaking and, frankly, painful”, said Christopher Hill, who served as U.S. ambassador to South Korea and assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush. Presidents finalize and bless agreements that have already been negotiated by experts and professionals. ‘No president has ever done this.’ Yeah, and they all failed.

But on Friday, the United States leader tweeted: “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearisation with the South Korean representatives, not just a freeze”.

In the nuclear crisis in the early 1990s, the then USA administration of President Bill Clinton looked into the use of force, a move that contributed to Pyongyang coming to the negotiating table and the conclusion of the Agreed Framework between the two countries. And whether there is any “deal” to be had at all.

Senator Mark R Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that diplomacy is the right path forward to deal with North Korea, but at the same time, due to Pyongyang’s history of obfuscation and global defiance, the United States must proceed with caution.

The risk, however, is that an inadequately prepared summit between these leaders will fall into one of two traps. As per reports emanating from South Korea, it appears that North Korea will be denuclearised. During President Barack Obama’s administration, North Korean officials were also seeking a breakthrough with the United States, and were disappointed when American officials offered no diplomatic concessions, former U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has said. “So I think people in South Korea are more kind of immune to all of the noise”, Kim said.

A senior United States official said North Korea offered to suspend their nuclear missile testing alongside their invitation for talks.

US President Donald Trump has said a deal with North Korea is “very much in the making”, after criticism over his readiness to agree to talks with Pyongyang. “We are a non-aligning country”, Lofven pointed out during a press conference with Trump this week.

“It’s a risky strategy”, Bremmer said, with a “greater chance of breakthrough but also greater chance of war – and also one that the Trump administration isn’t well-staffed to execute on”.


Always improvisational, the president exercised his penchant for going it alone in a big way this week: first, by ordering sweeping tariffs opposed by foreign allies and by many in his own party, then hours later delivering the stunning news that he’ll meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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