The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking efforts, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
This once again suggests the US commitment to peace is very transitory.
Pyongyang has promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” if there is no progress on easing up on sanctions. But any movement on that front seems nearly impossible at this stage considering talks with Washington have stalled and the North Korean regime is once again insulting Trump regularly. As tensions with North Korea increase, and especially if there is a test around the holidays, it would mark a huge blow to one of President Donald Trump’s major foreign policy initiatives. And it would happen right as he gears up for the presidential campaign.
Trump said he had planned a secret meeting with the Taliban’s “major leaders” on Sunday at a presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland. Trump said he also planned to meet with Afghanistan’s president.
Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.
Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.
Their failure to find common ground means the signing of a formal peace treaty more than 70 years after World War II is still not in sight,
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear that security assurance is his key demand in terms of corresponding measures for denuclearization, Russian President Vladimir Putin told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their talks here Saturday.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun made the remarks when he met with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Do-hoon, a day before U.S. President Donald Trump visits Seoul for summit talks with President Moon Jae-in, according to the foreign ministry.
The criticism was apparently based on confusion over Pompeo’s recent remarks.
Speaking to reporters about North Korea and Iran in quick succession, Pompeo said earlier this week that „some 80-plus percent of the North Korean economy“ is sanctioned when he should have said „the Iranian economy.“ He almost immediately corrected his comment.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting with visiting President Xi Jinping, said his country is waiting on a response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
„North Korea would like to remain patient,“ state broadcaster CCTV reported Kim as saying. „But it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea.“
– In a state visit this week, the Chinese president is expected to provide massive aid to the North, with reports anticipating at least 100,000 tonnes of food
– International food organisations say 10 million people, or 40 per cent of North Korea’s population, are in urgent need of sustenance
It is particularly noteworthy that Xi’s visit to the North is taking place right before the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28 and 29. President Trump is expected to visit South Korea around the time of the G20 Summit for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Therefore, the key players in the denuclearization talks are gathering in this part of the world at the same time.
Kang returned from a two-day trip to Russia, where she held talks with her counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on key bilateral issues, including the latest on North Korea’s denuclearization.
South Korea’s presidential office publicly toned down its expectations for an early inter-Korean summit Tuesday, a day after Beijing and Pyongyang announced this week’s bilateral summit.
Move is first such trip by a Chinese president in 14 years and comes amid stalling nuclear talks with the US
Asked by reporters whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, Trump said he and Moon were discussing „certain humanitarian things“ and the possibility of South Korea helping the North with food. He did not rule out participating in a three-way summit with both Kim and Moon.
Choe also said the U.S. was „gangster-like“ in their demands for denuclearization. To that,… Pompeo said it was not the first time that North Korea had portrayed him in a negative light,… and added that the two sides have continued to have „very professional conversations“ despite such accusations. He also said he has every expectation… that they’ll be able to continue such discussions.
우리 민족이 전쟁의 위험에서 벗어나 더는 돌려세울 수 없는 화해와 신뢰의 관계가 되었음을 전해주었습니다. 서울 상봉이 이뤄지지 못한 데 대한 아쉬움도 담겨있습니다.
남북과 북미정상회담의 합의에 대한 적극적인 실천 의지도 다시 한 번 천명해주었습니다.
It marks the end of a historic year in North-South relations, with the leaders hugging each other on the tarmac of Pyongyang International Airport in their most recent meeting in September — believed to be the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since taking power in 2011.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely tamp down his rhetoric in his New Year’s Day message in order to not provoke the United States and try to revive the hope for their long-stalemated denuclearization talks, experts said Sunday.
„Relations with Russia are in abnormal state. The two countries have been without a peace treaty for more than 70 years,“ he said. The prime minister noted that the agreements reached during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Japan in December 2016 are being gradually implemented.
The North Korea ball is thoroughly back in Washington’s court.
That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“
Hojun, so we hear that the envoys met with the North Korean leader?
That’s right, Daniel. Their encounter was confirmed when the Blue House press corps received a text message from Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom less than two hours ago, in which he said South Korea’s special delegation did, in fact, meet with Kim Jong-un to deliver President Moon Jae-in’s personal letter,… and that they exchanged opinions. The Blue House also confirmed that the special envoys will leave Pyongyang after they attend a dinner; but it’s still unclear who the host is.
„It seems unlikely that a joint declaration to officially end the Korean War will materialize sometime soon. The South wants to see quick progress. But the United States, which holds the key, wants the North to specify a detailed timetable for dismantling its nuclear weapons,“ said Bong Young-shik, a North Korean expert at Seoul’s Yonsei University.
„We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
South Korea is urging the U.S. and North Korea to compromise with each other more quickly in order to secure a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
The chair’s statement from the ASEAN Regional Forum has not yet been released,… but many are keeping a close eye on whether it will reflect North Korea’s statement, in which Ri said that to move forward, Washington must take a new approach to build confidence… and implement all the points of the joint statement in a balanced, simultaneuous and phased way. Pompeo was reportedly not in his seat during the remarks at the ARF because of his schedule. And though the much anticipated sitdown between him and Ri Yong-ho did not take place either,… the atmosphere did not seem hostile at all.
The U.S. is pressing the North to take concrete denuclearization steps, beyond a show of dismantling nuclear and missile testing sites in the absence of international experts.
The North says it has done a lot, and the Trump administration should reciprocate.
China has long said it’s willing to play a constructive role in the Korea peace process but it has been vague on the proposed war-ending declaration.
He skipped answers to the specific questions of whether there needs to be any precondition for the largely symbolic, legally non-binding declaration and China should be involved in the process.
He drew a line between the declaration and efforts to replace the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.
Speaking to lawmakers at the National Assembly, she said the U.N. General Assembly session, to be held in New York in September, can be a chance for the ceremony but added that no specific moves have yet been made.
If realized, it would be a „political declaration“ aimed at facilitating the denuclearization of Korea, Kang said.
On Wednesday, the North’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed… making such declaration is a historic task that can’t be delayed any further. And the day before, the state-run Korean Central News Agency stressed… peace will begin only when the two Koreas declare an end to the Korean War… and that it’s regrettable the matter has not been resolved yet. The North’s media have also pressed South Korea to be more involved.
South Korea’s unification minister expressed optimism Tuesday over the possibility of formally ending the Korean War „within this year,“ saying relevant consultations involving the two Koreas and the United States are currently underway.
„I think it is possible,“ Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers in response to a question as to whether declaring an end to the 1950-53 war can take place within this year as agreed upon by the two Koreas.
If the US is unwilling to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War with a permanent peace that would ensure the survival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime, Pyongyang will likely not proceed further with denuclearization talks, the source said.
The establishment of a legally binding peace treaty would require the approval of two-thirds of the US Senate.
Asia’s key defense forum opened in Singapore on Friday, with North Korea’s nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point.
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty.
Following their meeting, Putin and Abe adopted a joint declaration where they noted that the start of consultations on the joint economic activity of Russia and Japan on the south Kuril Islands could become an important step towards concluding the peace treaty.
As the Kremlin press office reported on Friday, Abe will visit Russia on May 25-26 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Patrick Ryder, said he had no information about troop options being prepared for the president.
For Mr. Trump, withdrawing troops would have multiple benefits, said Victor D. Cha, a Korea scholar at Georgetown University who was for a time under consideration to be ambassador to Seoul. It would appeal to his political base, save the United States money and give him a valuable chit in his negotiation with Mr. Kim.