President Donald Trump signalled on Thursday he could again meet with North Korean leader by the end of the year, Asia Nikkei reports. It is time to back again to the negotiating table, the White House believes.
The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed hope that denuclearization talks with North Korea will resume in the coming days or weeks. According to the top official, President Trump would be very disappointed if the North leader doesn’t return to the negotiating table.
Meanwhile, paused negotiations on denuclearisation in North Korea will be on top of the agenda of the meeting between South Korea and the US. Both leaders, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump, are expected to meet at the United Nations later this month, Moon’s office confirmed on Friday morning immediately after the announcement made by Pyongyang. North Korea insists on reopening denuclearisation talks with the United States within the month.
Trump and Kim are ready to resume denuc talks at the UN
On Thursday, President Trump said he is open to idea of reopening denuclearization talks, that important issue should be cleared as soon as possible. The US leader confirmed he is willing to have another meeting with Mr Kim, that would be their fourth since an unprecedented meeting.
John Bolton’s firing and launching a series of short-range missiles would be a precious addition to the upcoming denuc talks. Even without Mr Bolton’s hard-line it is unlikely to make the US goal of persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons any easier.
North Korea: lifting the sanctions could be a perfect move made by the US
Pyongyang has also repeatedly called for US concessions on sanctions, warning that dealings between both sides could end unless Washington takes a fresh approach.
In recent weeks, North Korea has launched a series of short-range missiles, although it has also indicated it is willing to resume negotiations.
The peninsula has been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. The US, which backed South Korea during the conflict, still stations thousands of troops in the country.