Polls show South Koreans do not trust North's 'sincerity'
Mar 18, 2018, 02:49
North Korea still sees Seoul as the illegitimate Korean "other", but working through it may provide them the path to some sort of modus vivendi with the United States.
Some 28,500 U.S. servicemembers are based in South Korea, although U.S. Forces Korea's public affairs office said that number routinely swells to about 32,000 with rotational units and ongoing exercises. So far, North Korea has yet to publicly comment on what it hopes to gain from the talks. But what else might North Korea want in return?
Harris said the U.S. military "will continue to fully support the President's maximum pressure campaign and be ready to respond with our allies and partners to the full range of contingency scenarios".
Image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits war graves to pay respects to war dead for the 64th anniversary of the armistice which ended the Korean War, in this undated photo released on July 28, 2017 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang.
Alternatively, if Trump rightly rejects such a precipitous grand bargain, then Kim can play the disappointed party, and tell the world that he wanted peace but now realizes he can never surrender his nuclear and missile programs in the face of American hostility. Kim Jong Un has tried to improve relations with both South Korea and the United States.
In contrast, Kim Jong Il, the father of the current North Korean leader, often visited with the leaders in Beijing, despite his own disagreement with China over nuclear weapons.
The trip by Ri is being closely watched because there remains a huge amount of preparation that needs to be done and relatively little time before Kim is supposedly planning to sit down for summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump. Kim has taken full ownership of the North's nuclear weapons program, enshrined it in its constitution, and for more than six years has explicitly stated that it was not a bargaining chip.
The rapid turn toward diplomacy could defuse building tensions over the North's accelerated testing of missile and nuclear devices to develop a nuclear-armed long- range missile that can target the US mainland. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, if he thought that progress with North Korea would be slow and that "the likelihood of a total complete agreement in one or two meetings is doubtful", Harris responded by noting the unprecedented nature of the summit. While he says he welcomes the dialogue with North Korea, he's adamant the pariah nation must take real steps toward giving up its nukes.
The historically neutral European country, whose embassy represents USA interests in the North Korean capital, has often played the role of intermediary in discussions between Washington and Pyongyang.
The Chinese expert argued that it is impossible for China to push North Korea to denuclearize completely.
The expert added that if North Korea improves its relations with the United States through peace talks, it would be easy for Beijing to fix relations with Pyongyang as China does not have to face global pressure to implement harsh economic sanctions anymore.
"Nuclear weapons are what North Korea claims keep the regime in power".
On Friday, the US official left in charge of the State Department after Tillerson's departure faced a delicate diplomatic task: to keep America's key Asian allies on the same page over the outreach to Kim.
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