Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Kim Jong Un in China? VIP security in Beijing raises speculation

Kim Jong Un in China? VIP security in Beijing raises speculation

"Now, indeed, it is the southern White House", Mr. Trump said.

"Both sets of Syria strikes, last week and past year, prove that America is willing to attack anyone - anyone - who's unable to attack America, but nobody else", said Van Jackson, a North Korea expert and former policy adviser in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Contacts between the two side in recent weeks have involved US intelligence and State Department officials, a USA official told Reuters this month. China is one of the biggest foreign markets for US sorghum growers. "If he still has artillery-delivered chemical weapons", Keane says, "then we should take down his artillery as well".

"Japan and ourselves are locked and we are very unified on the subject of North Korea", Trump said. "Without nukes, the US would treat him like (Syrian leader Bashar) Assad, (executed Libyan dictator Moammar) Gadhafi, and (deposed Iraqi President Saddam) Hussein". "Nukes are the ultimate guarantee". Soviet physicists and engineers helped Kim Il Sung build the Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center in the 1960s, which would produce the fissile material for North Korea's first bomb tests decades later.

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On Saturday Kim met visiting Chinese envoy Song Tao, pledging to improve a traditional but battered relationship.

China's original strategy with North Korea was evidently to let a massive crisis develop, engendered by Pyongyang's weapons program.

Unspoken in this deal was the belief by Gadhafi that by giving up his weapons of mass destruction, he would be shielded from the kind of conflict that resulted in Hussein's ouster and ultimately his death. Kim's outreach to China has accompanied simultaneous outreach to South Korea and the United States. Regime security is the priority for the North. "[South Korea's] alliance, that would be clearly unacceptable", Georgy Toloraya, a former Russian diplomat who spent many years in North Korea, said in an article posted Friday on the 38North blog.

The combined military strike on Syria comes as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are preparing for an expected summit in late May or early June to discuss dismantling the North's nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees.

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However, US officials have floated several possible venues over the past month, including: the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar; the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea; a neutral European capital like Stockholm or Geneva; a location at sea like Jeju island or a ship; Southeast Asia, including possibly Singapore or Malaysia; the South Korean capital Seoul; or the North Korean capital Pyongyang, a seemingly unlikely choice that no US official has yet ruled out.

He added it will likely focus on issues of denuclearisation and peace on the Korean peninsula, and an improvement in relations not only between the two Koreas but also with other countries including the US.

That report could not be independently verified.

The North Korean regime kept her existence secret during her lifetime, not least because her father worked for a military uniform factory in Japan during World War II.

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Demands aside, questions of credibility and trust - on both sides - will continue to linger as the talks approach. The rogue state's mistrust of Washington could grow should the president pull out from the agreement, he said.

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