WASHINGTON: South Korea on Wednesday (Jun 19) urged North Korea to hold another summit with its leader ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to Seoul next week, while the United States said its door remained "wide open" for talks with Pyongyang.US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, speaking at a Washington forum, said the United States had no pre-conditions for new talks with North Korea, which have been stalled since a failed summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February.Biegun said Washington's door remained "wide open" to negotiations and that the United States was willing to discuss all commitments made by the two leaders at a first summit in Singapore last year, which included security guarantees for North Korea. However, he stressed that progress would require "meaningful and verifiable" North Korean steps on denuclearisation.Speaking at the same Atlantic Council event, Biegun's South Korean counterpart Lee Do-Hoon … [Read more...] about South Korea urges North Korea summit before Trump’s Seoul visit
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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
Chang May Choon North Korea needs to move quickly if it wants to salvage stalled nuclear talks with the United States, said a special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday as he called for Pyongyang to start by reaching out to Seoul before an upcoming visit by US President Donald Trump to South Korea. Addressing foreign media in Seoul yesterday, Professor Moon Chung-in urged Pyongyang to grasp a "golden opportunity" to hold a round of inter-Korea talks early next month that could pave the way for the next US-North Korea summit. He also noted that both sides remain committed to dialogue despite a huge gap in their positions with regard to the next step towards denuclearisation of the North. "Time is on nobody's side," he said in reference to the year-end deadline set by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month for the US to come up with a new proposal, after their last round of talks broke down in Hanoi in February. "I urge North Korea's leadership to think about … [Read more...] about Seoul adviser urges North Korea to resume inter-Korea dialogue
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
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?