Tillerson On Trump-Kim Meeting Specifics: 'Remain Patient'

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

Earlier, South Korea said North Korea's silence on summits with both the United States and South Korea was probably due to caution in preparing for the meetings, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington expected to hear directly from Pyongyang. "I know those are all questions that people are anxious to have answers to".

Kono said he and Suh also affirmed that Japan and South Korea will work in close coordination on the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Chung led Moon's special envoys to the North and the U.S. He is set to visit Russian Federation to share the outcome of the trips.

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Tillerson urged patience, saying that the venue has yet to be agreed upon, but "it's going to be very important that those conversations are held quietly". The two men would face each other after a public volley of insults, with Mr Trump calling Mr Kim "Little Rocket Man" and Mr Kim referring to Mr Trump as a "dotard".

"Places like Switzerland, Sweden or Jeju Island have been gaining a lot of attention, but we also view the JSA as a serious option", an official with South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Sunday.

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Koh Yu-hwan, who teaches North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said the regime has long sought a peace treaty to end the more than 60-year-old cease-fire between the two sides and help guarantee its safety.

Sherman, who served as special adviser to President Clinton on North Korea, traveled to the country with then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000. Perhaps China wants it and the U.S. to be joint guarantors of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.

Just days after he stood outside the White House and announced the planned meet between the United States president and the North Korean leader, Chung Eui-yong was in Beijing to brief Xi and China's top diplomats on the fast-moving efforts to address the nuclear standoff.

South Korean conservatives have had two nightmare scenarios about President Donald Trump: He would embroil their country in a ruinous war with North Korea, or sell out their interests to the North.

As Stanford political scientist Scott Sagan summarizes, "States will seek to develop nuclear weapons when they face a significant military threat to their security that can not be met through alternative means; if they do not face such threats, they willingly remain non-nuclear states."Kim is in this sense a rational actor in pursuit of regime survival and dynasty preservation, perceiving nukes as his sole effective tool". The allies had agreed to delay the drills until after the Winter Paralympics end later this month. The North's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, which is run by the ruling party, had only put out a few paragraphs about a visit by senior South Korean officials last week.

The U.S.is unlikely to deploy an aircraft carrier, which is considered a "strategic asset", during the drills, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

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