The United States has yet to hear from North Korea after President Donald Trump accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. The decision drew both support from countries seeking to defuse tensions between North Korea and the US, and warnings that Kim could be seeking more time to develop his weapons and reduce pressure from worldwide sanctions.
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.
"I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he's committed to denuclearisation". Trump belittled Kim as "Little Rocket Man", while the North called Trump the "mentally deranged USA dotard".
Tensions eased as the Koreas held talks against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics in South Korea last month, but Japan has expressed scepticism and warned that "talks for the sake of talks" would be unacceptable.
"It is a miserable plight of Japan to dance to the tune of the US master for the pressure on the DPRK".
Trump said Saturday thathe believes North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests while he prepares for the summit. DPRK is the North Korean government's name for itself. "We have accepted their invitation on the three promises that they made, and were going to move forward in this process", she said.
Pundits of the left and right spent the weekend castigating Trump as an egotistical fool for believing his personal charm and unique deal-making skills will help him succeed where three presidents before him have failed.
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"There's a great deal of uncertainty and skepticism right now", former Central Intelligence Agency official Joseph R. DeTrani told the Washington Times on Sunday.
The US and North Korea have been in a state of war since 1950's Korean War, which "ended" with an armistice in 1953.
Creating such discomfort would be a good reason in and of itself for Pyongyang to delay its official response to the summit proposal.
"He's marshalled unprecedented economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime in North Korea and this breakthrough - and we hope it is a breakthrough - is a result of the strong leadership the president has provided on the world stage", Pence said. Define it. Is it a peace treaty?
South Korean U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity". Hill argued that Trump has "already made a major concession" to North Korea by agreeing to talks without preconditions beyond merely expecting Kim to refrain from further nuclear and missile testing until May.
Trump agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un by the end of May and the two Koreas will hold a summit by end-April.