“I’m not saying I have or haven’t”.
But asked whether he had spoken to Kim, Trump responded: “I don’t want to comment on it. How responsible people around him, or supporting him, can dismiss this or laugh it off is beyond me”. “As tensions heat up, you get more and more people becoming alert and aware of what’s going in the world”, he said.
Although Mr Donald Trump was unable to visit the Demilitarized Zone during his Seoul visit past year, South Korean officials made sure the USA president’s helicopter ride showed him that the capital was only 56km from the border.
In April, the Kremlin sent troops to the border of Russian Federation and North Korea as fears rose that Washington may attack Kim Jong-un, the Daily Mail reported.
While they reached no consensus on Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, the two countries did agree to have North Korea participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Trump has mocked Kim’s weight and called him “little rocket man” in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
A typical round of outrage ensued, directed not at the North Korean dictator but at the president of the United States.
“Thanks to the foundation of self-supporting national economy, scientific and technical forces trained with our own efforts and their clear heads, there are no difficulties insurmountable for us despite the enemies’ sanctions of 10 years or for 100 years”, Kim said.
Aitan Goelman, a lawyer for Strzok, says Trump’s allegation is “beyond reckless” and “It should surprise no one that the President has both the facts and the law wrong”. Even during past diplomatic endeavors, like the 1993-’94 nuclear talks that produced the now-defunct Agreed Framework deal under which North Korea pledged not to pursue weapons, negotiations were primarily handled by diplomatic staff. “Hopefully, a lot of good things are going to work out”.
Indeed, with Trump in the White House, paranoia about a nuclear strike in the U.S.is edging back toward Cold War levels.
“We’re ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk, and we’re ready to have the first meeting without precondition”, Tillerson said.
What South Korea may well want to see less of is United States sabre rattling, particularly U.S. aerial exercises demonstrating the ability to strike North Korea’s nuclear sites if necessary.
During my visit, I heard nothing to suggest that North Korea is prepared, at this time, to be the first to accept the Russian and Chinese proposal for a freeze on its missile and nuclear tests in return for American agreement to freeze its joint military exercises with South Korea.
The last five of Pyongyang’s six nuclear tests have been carried out under Mount Mantap at Punggye-ri in the country’s north-west, all of them at the North Tunnel.