North Korea has dropped its demand that USA troops be removed from South Korea as a condition for giving up its nuclear weapons, South Korea’s President said on Thursday (April 19) in presenting the idea to the United States.
When North Korea dominates US news cycles, the headlines are ominous – a new nuclear weapons test, or a ballistic missile flying into space. “(North Korea) is only asking for an end to a hostile policy toward North Korea and for a security guarantee”.
“We will be looking at this, in this preparatory committee meeting, to continue to put pressure on North Korea to fulfill its obligations”.
But North Korea’s willingness to give up its nuclear ambitions without forcing the condition of the American troops’ withdrawal makes the rapprochement look all the easier.
The pair plan to meet April 27 on the South Korean side of Panmunjom, a diplomatic outpost inside the heavily fortified border separating the two countries.
Trump has confirmed the visit and he also said that the meeting between Pompeo and Kim Jong-un went off “very well”. While the Peace House in Panmunjom, a border village in the demilitarised zone on the Korean Peninsula, is one possibility, the optics of the U.S. president travelling there may not be embraced by the United States. They would rejoice at the humiliation of their president, even though if Trump can pull off this audacious piece of summitry and persuade Kim to ditch his nuclear arsenal, the United States and the rest of the world would be considerably safer.
While North Korea was ramping up its nuclear program, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev renounced nuclear defense capabilities and closed down the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, better known as “The Polygon”, after the collapse of the USSR in 1991.
Moon’s diplomatic drive picked up pace amid increasing talk in Washington about “bloody nose” military strikes on North Korea – strikes that would be potentially devastating for South Korea.
(Xi) doesn’t want to see a North Korea, or any Korea that has nuclear weapons either. A world relieved of its deep concern at the threat posed by an unpredictable nuclear-armed North Korea will be fully behind the United States president as he moves to address the challenge posed by Tehran’s drive to become a nuclear power.
Moreover, if the summit comes to fruition it would be the first such meeting between a sitting United States President and a North Korean leader.
Robert Wood, the top US envoy to the United Nations -hosted Conference on Disarmament, said the USA believes the ongoing pressure campaign “has had an important impact in the North’s decision to return to the table”. Political pundits are warning that Trump, who is not well-versed in issues concerning the Korean Peninsula, could make rash, ill-advised decisions or abruptly switch from dialogue to confrontation.
While the two Koreas are technically still at war, there has been an easing of tensions over the past several months, especially since the Olympic Winter Games held in PyeongChang in the south in February.
“.for many years they have been talking to North Korea and nothing has happened”. “And it is not making demands that the US can not accept, such as the withdrawal of the USA forces in Korea”, he said, according to the JoongAng Ilbo, one of South Korea’s biggest papers and one that had a representative at the lunch.
Now, let’s say the Trump-Kim summit does materialize as planned.
The location for that summit has not yet been disclosed, and may not have been agreed on yet.