WASHINGTON: A third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is possible but the ball is in Pyongyang's court, White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday (Jun 11).While North Korea had kept pledges not to conduct nuclear or intercontinental range ballistic missile tests, Bolton said the United States was continuing its "maximum pressure campaign" because Kim still appeared not to have made "a strategic decision to give up the pursuit of deliverable nuclear weapons."Bolton, speaking at a conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal, said it was "entirely possible" there could be a third Trump-Kim summit following their earlier meetings in Singapore and Vietnam. "Kim Jong Un holds the key," he said."We are ready when they are, so it’s - any time that they want to schedule it," Bolton said.Trump and Kim's most recent meeting, in Hanoi in February, failed to result in a deal because of conflicts over U.S. calls for Pyongyang's … [Read more...] about Third US-North Korea summit possible, up to Kim: Bolton
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WASHINGTON: North Korea's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme violates United Nations Security Council resolutions, the US State Department spokesman said on Tuesday, when asked about missile launches by Pyongyang. "The entire North Korean WMD programme, it is in conflict with the UN Security Council resolutions. But what the US is focused on here... is in trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the North Korean WMD programme," State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus told reporters. Ms Ortagus had been asked to make clear the State Department's position after President Donald Trump seemed to contradict his National Security Adviser John Bolton over the North Korean launches. Mr Bolton said on Saturday that there was "no doubt" the launches violated UN resolutions as they included short-range ballistic missiles. Ms Ortagus said the State Department had yet to share publicly its assessment of whether the launches involved ballistic missiles. However, the Pentagon said on May 9 … [Read more...] about US: North Korea’s WMD scheme violates UN rules
The North "fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles" from North Pyongan province, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, adding they flew 270 and 420 kilometres (170 and 260 miles) and the South Korean and US militaries were jointly analysing them. The firing of missiles welcomed a US envoy's visit to Seoul by firing at least one projectile for the second time in a week Thursday, the South's military said, as Pyongyang seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. The launch came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, with at least one believed to be a short-range missile. It was also hours after the US Special Representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Seoul late Wednesday for talks with South Korean officials on the allies' approach towards Pyongyang. It is Biegun's first visit … [Read more...] about Urgent : North Korea appears to have fired two missiles
SEOUL (NYTIMES) - In the weeks before North Korea fired short-range projectiles on Saturday (May 4), United States President Donald Trump countermanded the Treasury Department, reversing an announcement that it was tightening economic sanctions against the country. The reason, his press secretary declared, was that "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary". Now, nearly a year after beginning a bold experiment in the power of personal diplomacy, Mr Trump has run headlong into its limits. He has discovered that friendship between leaders of bitter nuclear rivals may produce good television, but it is not a counterproliferation strategy. After gaining few tangible economic benefits from two summit meetings, the North's leader, Mr Kim Jong Un, is turning to a well-worn playbook written by his father and grandfather. On Saturday, the North fired a volley of projectiles off its east coast in a move that analysts said was intended to escalate … [Read more...] about North Korea revives old playbook with launch
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?