The White House appeared Friday to put conditions on a much anticipated meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying it would only happen once the rogue nation takes "concrete and verifiable action" to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization.
Yang repeated China's position that it wants denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and problems to be solved through talks. He says it's "very important that those conservations are held quietly" between North Korea and the U.S.
News of possible talks has been a dramatic turnaround from fears of war over North Korea's development of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States. Mike Pompeo has announced the meeting but has not yet disclosed any details.
It added: "The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialog between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation". (See: Moammar Gadhafi, 1942-2011.) Kim's existential stakes and Trump's mercurial brinkmanship could make a highly combustible combination.
"We know that nuclear and ballistic missile tests are prohibited under more than 10 U.N. Security Council resolutions, so the mere utterance of abstinence from illicit, forbidden activities is no concession at all", he said. Our policy is pressure.
Demonstrably, Kim has been a major posturer, showing the world and its leaders North Korea's military capability at nearly every turn, most importantly their nuclear capability (embarrassingly for him, many test launches failed).
In 2016, North Korea approached the USA to request peace talks, but the request was rejected because of a United States insistence that nuclear disarmament must be included in any treaty.
"The situation on the Korean peninsula has recently undergone very positive changes. We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea but we expect to hear something directly from them", he said during a visit to Nigeria. Trust me, he wouldn't have done it.
"The greatest risk to negotiations is not North Korea", said DJ Peterson, president of Longview Global Advisors, a geopolitics advisory group for businesses and political organizations. "Anybody could have done it. Obama could have done it. Obama had his chance".
However, Kim's time in the West is not an officially acknowledged part of his biography and analysts say he may want to avoid drawing attention to that period in socialist and impoverished North Korea. The world is safer.
"The only thing that would take priority is if I have commitments here that I can not change", Faso said.