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Talk it out: Should Donald Trump meet with the North Koreans?

13 March 2018

"Organizing its stance" seems to mean North Korea is checking with its few allies and patrons before finalizing the offer of a summit with Trump, which originated in remarks Kim Jong-un made to visiting South Korean envoys.

President Donald Trump is gearing up to do something that hasn't been done in more than a decade - meet with the leader of North Korea. Hill argued that Trump has "already made a major concession" to North Korea by agreeing to talks without preconditions beyond merely expecting Kim to refrain from further nuclear and missile testing until May.

North Korea could also be delaying its response to prepare the political battlespace by creating distance between the USA and its allies and ensuring Pyongyang's long list of grievances is on the table before talks begin. Sherman said that while she did not believe Kim is "in any rush to denuclearize", she was glad the U.S. is entering into talks, even if it just starts with "a meeting". "I would say remain patient, and we'll see what happens", he said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has accepted Kim's offer to meet near their shared border next month, a meeting in which Kim was expected to suggest resuming cultural exchanges and family reunions.

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The Park Geun-Hye government in Seoul shut down the factory zone in February 2016 in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea, however, hasn't said much of anything publicly since the talks were announced Thursday night.

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North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks to hammer out the details of the inter-Korean summit, but the two Koreas have not officially spoken since the South Korean delegation returned from the North last week, Baik said.

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USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed U.N. Security Council envoys in NY on Monday. The decision drew both support from countries seeking to defuse tensions between North Korea and the USA, and warnings that Kim could be seeking more time to develop his weapons and reduce pressure from global sanctions.

"We all agreed that we're optimistic about this opportunity, but we're determined, we're determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words matched with deeds and a real progress toward denuclearization", McMaster said.

The South Korean officials who met Kim travelled to Washington last week to relay his message and visited China on Monday to brief President Xi Jinping, who urged patience.

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Talk it out: Should Donald Trump meet with the North Koreans?