China: North Korea's 'Rationality and Sincerity' Better than Trump's 'Hard-Line Approach'

China: North Korea's 'Rationality and Sincerity' Better than Trump's 'Hard-Line Approach'

China: North Korea's 'Rationality and Sincerity' Better than Trump's 'Hard-Line Approach'

In a flurry of diplomacy over the weekend, Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting on Saturday at the border village of Panmunjom, during which they agreed the North Korea-U.S. summit must be held.

"I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day", the President said on Twitter.

"Because, if they don't have money, they can't launch missiles, they can't detonate nukes, and Kim Jong Un can't give gifts to senior regime members in order to buy loyalty, which means he has to give up his weapons. It will happen!" Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

Hayden said the best-case scenario for Trump at this point is to "stabilize the Korean problem, not solve it".

Even critics of Trump's speedy approach to the talks, talks of a potential Nobel Prize, and subsequent return to vows of the use of military force if North Korea doesn't comply with US terms, said they expect the talks to move forward in order to avoid losing ground. It earlier reported that he was heading straight to Washington, but later said he changed his flight to NY.

Trump canceled the June 12 summit on Thursday, but then a day later suggested it could be back on track, and the latest White House statement says the meeting is "expected".

After some back-and-forth, June 12 in Singapore was fixed on, but as May ticked over both sides began casting doubt on the meeting.

In Tokyo, Abe told reporters he was briefed by Trump about recent developments regarding the summit, but did not elaborate.


On Monday morning, Trump discussed the summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has encouraged maintaining firm pressure on North Korea until agreements over its nuclear and missile programs can be reached.

She also said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

China, South Korea and the U.S. all back denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but differ on how to make that happen.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, watches the closing ceremony.

On Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed his hope to hold the trilateral summit between South Korea, North Korea and the United States.

A former US director of national intelligence, James Clapper, also on CBS, expressed concern Pyongyang may demand the removal or scaling back of American troops in South Korea in exchange for denuclearization.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim during a press conference at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Manila on September 26, 2017.

Mr. Moon has insisted Mr. Kim can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way in exchange for credible security and economic guarantees. Moon said Sunday that the North's disarmament could still be a hard process even if Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul don't differ over what "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula means. South Korean officials couldn't immediately confirm the report. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, on "Fox News Sunday". "That hasn't changed. And it's moving along pretty well, so we'll see what happens". "And I think unfortunately, the answer is no". "But that's not all bad", said Max Baucus, a former Democratic senator from Montana who also served as US Ambassador to China from 2014 to 2017.

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