Officials defend Trump over Kim meeting

Erika Holt
March 12, 2018

Pompeo, who has secured a bond with Trump in part by reliably praising him in public, implied that Trump's often personal attacks on Kim were among those pressure points, saying on CBS News' Face the Nation that USA intelligence officials had briefed Trump on how Kim "might react and how North Korea might respond".

The move comes amid talks that there has been 'a Japan passing, ' or a feeling that Japan has been ignored, in the stages of pursuing summits between South and North Korea as well as North Korea and the United States. Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister who has worked assiduously to cultivate a close relationship with Mr Trump, announced an unplanned trip to Washington next month to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue. The US-North Korea politics made a breakthrough on Friday when Kim Jong invited Trump for a meeting, and the latter duly accepted to meet by May. Last year, the regime tested three long-range missiles and a nuclear device, saying it was a successful hydrogen bomb test.

"They're going to put on a big show they are a powerful country and all that, but the fact is they are a country that is starving and we need to realize that when we got to peace talks with them", he said. Mr Trump vowed that would never happen and threatened "fire and fury like the world has never seen" in response to any nuclear provocations. "Think of it", Mr. Trump said at a rally in Pennsylvania. Perhaps most dangerously for the world, he'll be left feeling embarrassed. The possible summit would also take place as the North snaps off regular weapons tests in a dogged march toward its goal of a viable nuclear arsenal that can threaten the US mainland. "So that'd be great", the U.S. president said.

North Korea's silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is likely due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, South Korea's Ministry of Unification said on Monday.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who some believe has maneuvered the two leaders to this position, called it an "historical milestone" that will put the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "really on track".

"I may leave fast or we may sit down and make the greatest deal for the world", he said of their possible meeting.

Mattis wouldn't talk at all about the diplomatic push over North Korea's nuclear program. Canada supports denuclearization, which is the only way forward for North Korea. "It seems highly unlikely that (Kim) would surrender the nuclear weapons program that has brought him to this point". It has gone against multiple pledges to discontinue its nuclear program, and defied sanction after sanction since it launched its first nuclear weapon in 2006. "He's allowed to continue - us to continue our exercises on the peninsula, something that's been fought over for decades".

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