Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Long sought by North Korea, summit holds risks for Trump administration

Long sought by North Korea, summit holds risks for Trump administration

In fact, Trump will be only the second world leader Kim has ever met (presuming he first sits down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in).

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is also welcoming the announcement that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet.

Earlier on Thursday night, it was announced that Trump planned to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in the coming months.

Kim has committed to "denuclearization" and to suspending nuclear or missile tests, South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong told reporters at the White House after briefing Trump on South Korean officials' meeting with Kim on Monday.

Chung said Trump, in response to Kim's invitation, had agreed to meet by May, and a senior U.S. official later said it could happen "in a matter of a couple of months, with the exact timing and place still to be determined".

Analysts say North Korea has been seeking a summit with American leaders as a way to secure worldwide legitimacy, something that has prevented past United States administration's from taking Pyongyang up on its invitations.

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Trump took office vowing to stop North Korea from attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US mainland, a goal that Pyongyang is on the cusp of reaching. Now, after decades of trying, North Korea has finally got what it wants. And U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, travelling in Africa, just hours before said the U.S. was "a long ways" from direct talks. Now, with the North in possession of a nuclear arsenal, agreeing to such a summit represents a moment of great peril for Trump and his team.

The surprise development follows months of tension between the two nations, during which the North Koreans have conducted a series of military exercises and fired nuclear missiles over Japan in a show of strength.

The North has halted missile and nuclear tests during previous talks before, only to resume when it lost patience or felt it was not getting what it demanded.

In addition, Switzerland was home to bilateral talks between Washington and Pyongyang aimed at restarting stalled six-party negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Hoare says the Chinese "got very worried" over the terrifying war of words between Trump and Kim a year ago. But he said the meeting had not been discussed by the government, Swiss daily NZZ reported. Kim returned the favour by describing Trump as "mentally deranged" and a "dotard".

Asked why the administration did not seek to establish lower-level talks as a prerequisite to a presidential summit, the official said lower-level engagement has taken place for 27 years, and "that history speaks for itself".

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Even observers who credit Trump's hardline stance with setting the stage for talks said they are waiting to see if this time is different.

Neutral Switzerland, which often hosts summits, said it was ready to facilitate the meeting.

SC senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday night said the president's "strong stand" against Pyongyang represents the "best hope in decades" to resolve the nuclear threat peacefully.

In his driveway statement, Chung delivered the headline: Trump had accepted Kim's invitation to meet by the end of May.

USA officials will be poring over the details as President Donald Trump prepares for perhaps his most high-stakes diplomatic encounter yet: a meeting with Kim at a venue to be decided sometime in the next seven weeks. However, he stated that sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until the Communist country achieved denuclearisation. Relations between the two Koreas begun to improve in the weeks leading up to the Winter Olympics held in the South. I think that he's playing to the President's ego and the President's weaknesses by flattering him and by inviting had to Pyongyang.

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