Max Boot: Trump snookered by both Koreas into meeting Kim

Max Boot: Trump snookered by both Koreas into meeting Kim

But the uncertainty still lingers over plans for the first-ever meeting of a serving US president and a North Korean leader.

He said Japan, South Korea and the United States should discuss details of their strategy ahead of the planned talks between the US and North Korea "in order to make the dialogue a meaningful one".

Mr Trump would become the first sitting USA president to meet with a leader of the reclusive country.

China is "on the same page" with Seoul over the issues of the Korean peninsula, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, a spokesman of South Korea's presidential Blue House said. "South Korea planned military exercises".

Kim Jung-un can, on the other hand, claim the opposite; that his success in the missile and nuclear spheres that brought USA territories within their reach can be credited for the breakthrough.

Pyongyang's professed desire to abandon nuclear weapons was significant because it came directly from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he said.

A chain of events had been taking place recently, especially since the visit of a high-level North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter games, in which Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, was a key member.

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It's the only spot along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North Korean troops stand face-to-face with South Korean and United Nations Command forces.

The deal has apparently been brokered by South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and Seoul's lead envoy, National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong, who met with Xi in Beijing for 35 minutes in an apparent bid to assuage his worries.

"As long as all parties can focus on the fundamental goal of denuclearisation, peace and stability, the Korean peninsula will finally usher in the spring, when ice will thaw and flowers will bloom", Xi said. The North's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, which is run by the ruling party, had only put out a few paragraphs about a visit by senior South Korean officials last week.

The US president recently accepted an invitation to meet the North Korean leader in the coming months.

A council diplomat said the U.S. appeal to keep up sanctions pressure showed that Washington remained skeptical about prospects for a deal with Pyongyang on scrapping its nuclear program.

The last reunions were in 2015, before relations deteriorated over the North's nuclear program and other issues.

"Now more than ever, the president must empower our diplomats and nuclear non-proliferation experts to work with our allies to carefully coordinate our efforts in seeking a pathway towards denuclearization of North Korea".

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