Japan calls for North Korean steps toward denuclearization

President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. President Trump accepting a reported offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a stunnin

Japan calls for North Korean steps toward denuclearization

He said that no venue for the meeting had been agreed upon. "Secretary of state had no idea - literally had no idea".

"This is an nearly miraculous event; my administration will prepare toward the May meeting with utmost diligence".

Yet as of Monday, the Associated Press noted that North Korean media had yet to confirm the meeting.

Separately, Trump has, on occasion, criticized the Iran agreement for failing to address that nation's internal human-rights abuses - which, however real and contemptible, pale in comparison to those of North Korea's totalitarian regime. US Cabinet officials are moving to calm expectations and urge patience. "He's stated a commitment to denuclearization to South Korea, they've relayed that us, so we're open to this invitation".

"Look, the president has an incredible team that is surrounding him", Sanders said Friday. "It's Washington, it's the White House".

That risk is compounded by the fact that the circumstances are topsy-turvy.

But the announcement Thursday surprised officials at the White House, Pentagon and State Department, not to mention U.S. lawmakers and foreign leaders. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who said in a statement that the USA must remain "deeply skeptical" of North Korea's intentions and "under no circumstances" grant "unilateral concessions" to Kim Jong Un.

A date and location for the meeting have yet to be announced, although it is expected to take place in the next few months.

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump made a decision to accept Kim's offer to meet. -South Korean war games. Trump often referred to Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and bragged on Twitter that his nuclear button in the U.S.is bigger than the North Korean leader's. "But I am very anxious that they're going to take advantage of him".

US officials vowed Sunday they would not make any concessions to North Korea ahead of the summit and would continue to pressure North Korea. "So it has to be considered in that overall context, not simply in isolation to the Korean peninsula".

Yet, where to hold the summit will have to be further discussed between Washington and Pyongyang, and various factors, including security issues, must be considered, the official added.

He's suggesting China would not be an ideal place.

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"We have an obligation to prepare the President for that meeting", Tillerson said. Kim could face similar problems travelling to the United States, where no North Korean leader has visited, making many observers think a more neutral setting will need to be found. "That's what we're talking about again with other agencies, and I had a fair amount of telephone time calling others to talk about this within our own government".

Brown and Portman both supported a bill past year that imposed sanctions on North Korea for testing a long-range ballistic missile.

All this heightens the dangers posed by Trump's impulsive decision, which already gives the North Koreans a huge win in the validation and recognition of a face-to-face meeting with a sitting U.S. president. The administration officials credited toughened economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, and pushed by the USA, with helping bring Kim to the brink of negotiations. With Trump's brash nature and lack-of-tact, this may be Kim's ideal opportunity to achieve this, since Trump would love anything that seems like a win (and really, this would be a major win for the Trump administration if he were to achieve this). Kim's father Kim Jong Il said in talks with the South in 2000 that he could tolerate their presence.

Nonetheless, Sherman cautioned that if approached incorrectly, a diplomatic effort ending in failure could become a "pretense" for war.

"The current change in North Korea was achieved by the maximum pressure campaign conducted together by Japan, South Korea and the U.S.", Kono told reporters soon after the meeting, which lasted for nearly three hours.

A US decision to withdraw from the Iran deal would thus antagonize an worldwide community whose cooperation Washington needs to maintain - and possibly augment - economic sanctions against North Korea.

The Republican president agreed on Thursday to accept an invitation from the North Korean leader to meet by May after months of escalating tensions over Pyongyang's advancing nuclear and missile programmes. But they warn the process leading to removal of all nuclear weapons from the area is complex. After all, every argument that Trump has made against the latter will (almost certainly) apply even more strongly to any plausible version of the former. "How do we ignore it?" But Tillerson, who is traveling in Africa, later emphasized a distinction between formal negotiations and what he called "talks". "I would say, "remain patient".

However, Kim's time in the West is not an officially acknowledged part of his biography and analysts say he may want to avoid drawing attention to that period in socialist and impoverished North Korea.

As Axios writes in an article "How a Kim-Trump summit could help save the Iran deal", for those working to keep the U.S.in the Iran nuclear deal, however, a Kim-Trump encounter - assuming it comes off - would be encouraging. "Are we then in a more unsafe situation?" "The secretary has not spoken to the North Koreans".

"After watching the successful launch of the new type ICBM Hwasong-15", North Korean state media reported.

"This is the beginning of that process". That means the Japanese and the South Koreans.

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