Korea agree to maintain 'maximum pressure' on N. Korea

Korea agree to maintain 'maximum pressure' on N. Korea

Now, in a head-snapping display of incoherence, Trump has agreed to meet Kim, giving the planet's worst human-rights abuser what he most wants: global legitimacy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn't believe North Korea will use summits with the United States and South Korea to buy time to pursue its nuclear and missile programmes, South Korea's presidential office said on Tuesday.

Mr Trump made the decision to meet with Mr Kim last week after the North Korean leader's invitation was relayed by a South Korean delegation who visited the White House.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about North Korea during the daily White House briefing just a few days after it was revealed Trump agreed to meet with Kim face-to-face. Alarmed that the United States might conduct a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea, they used the Winter Olympics as a springboard to renew the inter-Korean dialogue, which has been largely dormant since the Sunshine Policy ended in 2008.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Monday that Japan was ready to "fully" support inspections of North Korea's nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency if Pyongyang accepted the scrutiny.

Although it's reported that Kim Jong-un is keen for President Trump to sign a peace treaty, experts are now concerned what might be said if the two notoriously volatile meet in private. "Also, the stocks of South Korean parts suppliers to Apple Inc. rose ahead of the release of a new iPhone in the latter half".

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But Hankyoreh's source said the upcoming drills' lack of carriers had been planned long in advance, and didn't coincide with the recent thaw in North Korea relations.

During the meeting, McMaster and Haley urged the worldwide community to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime and asked Council members to devote the political will and resources necessary to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions to hold the regime accountable.

Trump agreed last week to a first face-to-face meeting with Kim, which could take place by the end of May, raising hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough after the two leaders spent months hurling insults and threats at each other.

Among them are Christian missionaries Kim Jung-wook, who was arrested in October 2013, and Kim Kook-kie and Choi Chun-kil, who have been held since 2014, the ministry said. -North Korea summit talks to be held by May, he will likely pursue diplomacy with Japan afterward. Pyongyang declared a year ago that it had pulled off the remarkable feat of becoming a nuclear power - a move thought to be aimed at gaining leverage in talks with the U.S.

Kono said he respects Seoul's efforts in working to make the summits a reality.

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