May 22, 2018

Trump seeks to placate North Korea's Kim over uncertain summit

18 May 2018, 04:17 | Opal Carroll

Latest world news Trump Kim Summit in jeopardy after US-South Korea drill

Trump-Kim Summit in jeopardy after US-South Korea drill

The drills, which began Monday and reportedly include some 100 aircraft, will continue through May 25. He did explain that North Korea no longer required the site.

Trump has raised expectations for the summit even as many analysts have been sceptical about the chances of bridging the gap because of questions about North Korea's willingness to give up a nuclear arsenal that it says can hit the United States.

The usually bombastic KCNA, which had previously toned down the rhetoric ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has traditionally labeled U.S.

Asked whether he will still insist on denuclearizing North Korea, Trump said, "Yeah". He also took issue with U.S. views that the North should fully relinquish its biological and chemical weapons.

"Seeing the announced statements and responses from North Korea and the United States, we see the two parties as having a honest and serious attitude (to stand in each other's shoes)", the official said. The North has frequently used Gadhafi's death to justify its own nuclear development in the face of perceived USA threats.

In an interview with Fox News Radio, Bolton brushed aside the remarks against him and said odds were still in favor of the summit going ahead. But so far the North has not given any public indication of what concessions it is offering, beyond euphemistic commitments to denuclearisation of the "Korean peninsula".

Much of the lengthy statement issued by North Korea on Wednesday can be brushed away as the kind of hyperbolic tough-guy talk that characterises the country's political messaging: Pyongyang spoke of its "repugnance" for John Bolton, the foreign policy hawk and new national security adviser who was dismissed as "human scum" and a "bloodsucker" by the North Korean administration in 2003.

Joshua Pollack of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies said Pyongyang had been irritated by the "triumphalist tone".

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The statement also warned that the U.S.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis postponed the annual Foal Eagle exercises involving thousands of U.S. and South Korea troops during the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in South Korea.

But on May 16, North Korea announced that it will indefinitely postpone high-level talks with South Korea and "reconsider" plans for the June 12 meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the schedule of military exercises has not changed.

The call came as President Xi Jinping met with a delegation from North Korea's ruling Worker's Party, at which he expressed support for the North's avowed new emphasis on economic development along with improving relations with South Korea. According to the statement, the planned participation of U.S. F-22 fighters and B-52 bombers is a violation of the Panmunjom Declaration signed at the summit.

Yonhap says the two-week military exercise between the USA and South Korea started Friday and included about 100 warplanes.

North Korea also called off a round of talks with South Korea, whose president, Moon Jae-in, is due to meet Trump on Washington next Tuesday, citing joint U.S.

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