Trump foresees 'tremendous success' in coming talks with N. Korea

Pres. Obama’s Security Adviser Says Trump’s Meeting With N. Korean Leader Cannot Be ‘Reality Show

President Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, time and place undetermined. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the USA and even where the two leaders might meet.

The potential diplomatic breakthrough follows a series of joint efforts from both South and North Korea at the recent Winter Olympics, marking a minor thaw period for two nations still technically at war.

Chinese state media quoted Mr Xi as saying: "All sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process".

Asked if China would welcome the chance to host the Trump-Kim meeting, the spokesman gave a cautiously worded response, which amounted to "yes, but we need to be asked first".

In a Friday phone call with Trump, Xi praised the U.S. leader's "positive" move, saying he hoped the U.S. and North Korea would start talking as soon as possible and that China was devoted to solving the nuclear issue through dialogue.

"Our president, Moon Jae In, and the government believe that various advances toward achieving the goal of peace and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula were made with active support and contribution from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government", he said. From that moment, the situation went from bad to worse for Team Trump, which had said it would meet with the North Korean delegation on the sidelines of the Games.

He said preparations are underway for the meeting, which he personally thought should not take place in Washington or Pyongyang. Since North Korea refrained from conducting nuclear or ballistic missile tests during the Olympics and the USA and South Korea had postponed their joint military exercises, Wang claimed that China's "dual freeze" proposal had proved to be the "right prescription for the problem and created basic conditions for the improvement of inter-Korean relations".

Portman, R-Ohio, said the United States should continue its robust economic sanctions against North Korea "until North Korea changes course and ends its unsafe pursuit of nuclear weapons that threaten the United States and our allies".

North Korea's foreign trade, more than 90 percent of which passes through China, has taken a major hit since Beijing agreed to increasingly harsh U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed at pressuring the North into ceasing its nuclear and missile tests and rejoining denuclearization talks. The group recently held talks with North Korea, which has since been calling for unification.

While Washington is happy to use China to squeeze North Korea economically, it is not as interested in involving Beijing in the more delicate work of negotiations. But he needs the assurance that the United States will never resort to nuclear weapons either, and only North Korean nuclear weapons can provide the necessary deterrence.

US President Donald Trump declared on Saturday that the leaders of China and Japan are pleased that he's working toward a diplomatic solution with North Korea. As is well-known, his reporting of the Korean War resulted in an epic fallout with the owner of the The Picture Post, the magazine which sent him.

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