Kim Jong-Un Attends Meeting with South Korean Officials

Michele Moreno
March 9, 2018

However, critics point out that Pyongyang may simply be trying to buy time to develop its weapons programs or that Kim is only trying to soften the impact of sanctions without making real concessions.

"There's been a lot of news on that today, hopefully it's positive", Trump said during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

"The two Koreas agreed to convene the third inter-Korean summit at the Peace House of Panmunjom in late April".

During such negotiations, North Korea will halt additional nuclear and missile tests.

"They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", Mr. Trump said last year. The North also made clear that there is no reason for them to possess nuclear weapons as long as military threats to the North are eliminated and the regime's security is guaranteed.

He noted he has no plans to ease sanctions against Pyongyang, and sought the opposition's cooperation on the summit.

Chung said he would travel to the US to explain the outcome of the visit to the DPRK and that he had a message from Kim he would deliver to Trump. "The United States and our allies remain committed to applying maximum pressure on the Kim regime to end their nuclear program".

The women, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, who say they believed they were carrying out a prank for a TV show, are on trial for murder.

South Korea's president office has released a statement saying that the North showed willingness on denuclearization.

The developments may signal a desire by Kim to be seen more seriously and less as a maverick leader of a rogue regime. Afterwards, Chung will travel to China and Russia, while Suh will go to Japan for the same purpose.

All along, the DPRK has said that its nuclear program is meant to defend the country, as a deterrent against a U.S. attack.

And the US introduced a fresh round of sanctions on the North for violating international law by using a banned chemical weapon to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and brother of Kim Jong-un.

After officials from the two Koreas met Monday, South Korea claimed that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was open to pausing its nuclear testing while engaging in talks with the U.S. Kim also suggested the possibility of giving up its nuclear quest altogether if it ceased feeling threatened by global pressure, according to South Korean officials. "For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned", Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Chung said the two Koreas agreed to hold their summit at a Seoul-controlled facility inside the border village.

For three-quarters of a century, the U.S. has claimed that its military occupation of south Korea and its huge war "games" every year, simulating an invasion of the north, were meant to "protect" the people of the south. This fiction was exploded when athletes from north and south marched together under one flag and were wildly cheered at the PyeongChang Olympics last month.

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