He added dismantling the program is the end goal.
Many in Seoul and Washington will want to know if, the rhetoric and smiling images notwithstanding, there’s any possibility Kim will negotiate over the North’s breakneck pursuit of an arsenal of nuclear missiles that can viably target the USA mainland.
Optimism about peace and reconciliation has been raised after South Korean envoys met with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang. All those missile launches – Kim was firing them off at a record pace in 2017 – don’t come cheaply.
Trump, notably, isn’t being too triumphant, tweeting that the summit is “possible progress” but “may be false hope”.
The most recent delegation from Seoul to Pyongyang was led by Chung. The regime has denied it was involved in Kim Jong-nam’s death and this could disrupt diplomatic efforts. To do so would court disaster diplomatically, economically and militarily.
“If they do, things could get ugly quickly despite the summit, and the South Korea-U.S. alliance would face serious problems”. But if talks with the United States clear away the most severe restrictions, Putin’s pipeline project will surely be resurrected. “There is also a 27-year history of them breaking every agreement they’ve ever made with the United States”, the official said.
The agreement “paves the way for a complete denuclearisation in the future”, Hankyoreh said.
That’s been the pattern for decades.
Yet if the tariffs remain, trade wars could start looking for the U.S. The European Union has already outlined duties on 2.8 billion euros ($3.5 billion) of U.S. imports-including Harley Davidson motorcycles-that the bloc plans to introduce should Trump’s taxes on steel and aluminum made outside the U.S. take effect.
North Korea is facing sanctions from the United Nations and the U.S. for pursuing its nuclear programme.
On Wednesday, the day after the summit was announced, the North’s state-run media was still touting that line.
Later that evening, China’s ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper, Global Times, published a report which praised the “welcomed and inspiring” development while criticizing the USA for inflaming the situation by using sanctions to pressure the regime.
An initial hurdle, however, could be presented by U.S. “Its feats deserve the praise of the world”. It’s not Seoul, it’s Washington.
Pyongyang and Washington may also have diverging views on denuclearisation.
Are they on the negotiating table? China may discontinue oil supplies, North Korea’s exports will be blocked, and North Korean workers dispatched overseas might have to return at once.
Still, without Trump’s threats to unleash nuclear “fire and fury”, North Korea’s supreme leader might not have moved even this far.
Information for this article was contributed by Anna Fifield, Philip Rucker, Karen DeYoung and Brian Murphy of The Washington Post; by Robert Burns, Hyung-jin Kim, Darlene Superville and Matthew Pennington of The Associated Press; and by Rick Gladstone of The New York Times. So, officially at least, the focus will be on Korea issues. The reunions are emotionally charged and not terribly political, so that would be low-hanging fruit.
“The United States would need to enter any dialogue with very detailed ideas on where it will draw the line in talks with North Korea because there will be a mixture of demands it might be able to meet and those it can not meet”, Hong said. In October, thousands of bottles of bootlegged whisky, beer and wine were stolen from a North Korean diplomat’s home in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. It has been shuttered since 2016. He also promised to freeze nuclear missile tests during the dialogue, the South Korean official said.
“I don’t think there’s anything South Korea could do”.