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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said Thursday that North Korea fulfilled its promises ahead of the canceled summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The Trump administration is growing in confidence that an upcoming summit with Kim Jong-un will achieve the aggressive denuclearization timeline Washington wants, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the North Korean leader is "serious" about abandoning his nuclear program.
John Bolton says North Korea must eliminate nuclear program before sanctions lifted
With a historic summit looming, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday that North Korea must abandon its entire nuclear program before U.S. economic sanctions are lifted.
Asked if President Trump would insist that North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un first give up all of his nuclear weapons, all of his nuclear fuel, all of his ballistic missiles, Mr. Bolton replied in the affirmative.
Yes, I think thats what denuclearization means, Mr. Bolton told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Pompeo says he believes Kim Jong-un ‘serious’ about giving up nukes
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he was "encouraged" by the "historic" summit between the North and South Korea, and that he believes North leader Kim Jong-un is "serious" about reaching a deal to abandon his nuclear weapons program.
But Mr. Pompeo warned the Trump administration wants Pyongyang to act quickly toward verifiable denuclearization.
President Trump said Friday that he had a responsibility to the world to end the nuclear threat from North Korea, saying that he hoped for something "dramatic" when he meets with dictator Kim Jong-un.
"This is beyond the United States. This is a world problem and it's something I hope I'm able to do for the world," the president said.
He said failure to denuclearize North Korea would mean "a very tough time for a lot of countries and a lot of people."
Trump ready for hard bargaining with North Korea: ‘We will not be played’
President Trump said Friday that he's ready for nuclear talks with North Korea and won't "be played" by the secretive nation.
"We will not be played by North Korea," Mr. Trump said. "The United States in the past was played like a fiddle."
Mr. Trump was referring to past deals struck with North Korea that won the communist regime what it wanted but did not stop its development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
Rep. Chris Collins said Friday that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un made positive steps forward for his country in moving toward peace with South Korea.
"This could actually end the nuclear weapons program in the North, denuclearize the peninsula, and economically, this is what Kim Jong-un needs," Mr. Coons, New York Republican, said on Fox Business.
Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize if Koreas follow through on peace
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize if both Koreas actually end hostilities and work toward denuclearization.
"It wouldn't have happened without Trump. It may not happened, but it's the biggest change since the end of the hostilities," Mr. Graham, South Carolina Republican, said on Fox News. "What happened? Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change."
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North and South Korea signed an agreement Friday saying they would end the Korean War, a discussion that occurred during historic denuclearization talks on the peninsula.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un met at the demilitarized zone known as the DMZ to sign the Panmujom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula, more than 60 years after fighting had ended, CNN reported.
North Korean defectors watch Kim Jong-un’s South Korea visit with dread
SEOUL On the eve of a historic summit of the leaders of North and South Korea, the prospect of a diplomatic thaw and improved relations vexes many of North Korean defectors who have made new lives here, who vow they will never stop fighting for the removal of the government in Pyongyang even if Mr. Kim agrees to give up his nuclear weapons.
President Trump confirmed Wednesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
"Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!" Mr. Trump tweeted.
President Trump said Tuesday that North Korea and South Korea have his "blessing" to negotiate an end to their war, which dates to 1950.
"South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet with North Korea to see if they can end the war and they have my blessing on that," Mr. Trump told reporters as he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida. "They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war. Subject to a deal, they would certainly have my blessing."
MYEONGPA-RI, South Korea The thump-thump-thump of mortar rounds in the distance came in jarring succession on a recent day in the northernmost village on South Korea's side of the Demilitarized Zone.
Although it was only the sound of a nearby South Korean military live-fire practice range, the rounds and few artillery blasts were stark reminders for some 300 residents of Myeongpa-ri of the high stakes in talks between North and South.
John Bolton meets with counterparts from South Korea, Japan over North Korea talks
White House National Security Adviser John Bolton held separate meetings Thursday with his counterparts from South Korea and Japan in preparation for talks with North Korea.
Mr. Bolton met with National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of South Korea and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan, an administration official said. They are the first foreign national security advisers to meet with Mr. Bolton since he started in his new post on Monday.
Kim Jong-un summit threatened by Trump’s bid to end Iran nuclear deal
SEOUL President Trump's determination to undermine the Iran nuclear deal could undercut his hopes for quick success in the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, many in South Korea fear.
Former high-level South Korean officials and analysts say Mr. Kim will be far less likely to abandon his nuclear and missile programs if the U.S. pulls out of the 2015 multilateral agreement meant to curb Tehran's nuclear programs in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.
Donald Trump says U.S.-North Korea talks on denuclearization will be ‘exciting’
The highly anticipated meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will focus on "the de-nuking" of North Korea, Mr. Trump said Monday.
The president told reporters that negotiations between the U.S. and Pyongyang are proceeding with the understanding that Mr. Kim is willing to discuss denuclearization. He said the meeting will be held in May or early June.
President Trump condemned Syria's "atrocious" chemical weapons attack on civilians Monday and said he'll decide within the next 48 hours how the U.S. will respond.
"It was atrocious. It was horrible," Mr. Trump told reporters at a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "This is about humanity and it can't be allowed to happen."
North Korea has informed the U.S. in talks that it is willing to discuss denuclearization at an upcoming summit, a senior administration official confirmed Sunday.
"The United States and North Korea have been holding talks in preparation for a summit," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official also told The Washington Times that North Korea "has confirmed its willingness to talk about denuclearization."
Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump meeting reflects Japan’s North Korea fears
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could face some tense moments when he meets with President Trump this month at Mar-a-Lago, reflecting rising fears back home that Tokyo has been left on the sidelines as the U.S., South Korea and Chinese pursue direct diplomacy with North Korea.
State Department not concerned about Chinese meeting with North Korean leader
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday the agency is not worried about Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.
"We continue to ask China to use its unique leverage on North Korea to come to the table. North Korea has said through our interlocutors that it's willing to denuclearize. That is really the capstone of our policy," Ms. Nauert said on CNN.
President Trump said Wednesday that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un will do the right thing for his country and that China is helping with the denuclearization process.
"For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility. Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!" Mr. Trump tweeted.
Beijing ended the guessing game on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made a secretive visit to the Asian nation, confirming early Wednesday that he was part of the delegation from Pyongyang that arrived at the Chinese capital.
Images of Mr. Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at the Great Hall in Beijing, were released on China's official news outlets shortly after the North Korean delegation arrived back in Pyongyang.
Ben Cardin: It’s ‘likely’ Kim Jong-un on diplomatic train that arrived in China
Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that it seems likely North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was on a diplomatic train that arrived in China.
"We don't know for sure, but it seems likely that he is in China today," Mr. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, said on CNN.
Neither China nor North Korea have commented, but the train arrived from North Korea and was met with security detail. This would mark Mr. Kim's first foreign visit since taking control of the country in 2011.
H.R. McMaster meets with South Korean, Japanese officials ahead of summits with North Korea
Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials met in San Francisco over the weekend to discuss upcoming talks with North Korea on "permanent" denuclearization, the White House said Monday.
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of South Korea and Japanese Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi about the planned inter-Korean summit and U.S.-North Korean summits.
President Trump spoke Friday with South Korea President Moon Jae-in about setting up denuclearization talks with the North, said the White House.
Mr. Trump said he wants to hold the historic face-to-face talks with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un before the end of May.
"Both leaders affirmed the importance of learning from the mistakes of the past, and pledged continued, close coordination to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime," the White House said in a statement.
A meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un could be the diplomatic breakthrough of the century, but high-level U.S. sources, including two with experience in direct talks with Pyongyang, say huge doubts remain over the veracity of North Korea's reported offer to discuss abandoning its nuclear arsenal and to halt all weapons tests while such discussions play out.
Elizabeth Warren fears Trump to be ‘taken advantage of’ by Kim Jong-un
Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson warned Sunday about being snookered again by North Korea after the White House agreed last week to denuclearization talks with leader Kim Jong-un.
Citing previous deals that saw the United States give up more than it got, Mr. Johnson urged the administration to maintain its maximum-pressure policy on North Korea.
President Trump will not sit down for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unless the rogue regime demonstrates "concrete steps" toward ending nuclear weapon tests, the White House said Friday.
The president on Thursday accepted Mr. Kim's request for talks about denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, agreeing to suspend nuclear and missile tests in exchange for the historic summit.
China state media says Trump-Kim meeting vindicates Beijing diplomacy
The state-controlled news website Global Times is urging Chinese citizens to take the stunning news of a meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in stride, saying there is no chance the U.S. will be able to "turn" Pyongyang away from its longtime patron.
"Chinese people should stay calm and remain poised," the website said in an op-ed piece Friday, "and avoid the mentality that China is being marginalized."
Cory Gardner: ‘New red line’ has been established in North Korea talks
Sen. Cory Gardner said Friday that verifiable denuclearization is the "new red line" in the United States relationship with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un and said success of the negotiations hinges on China being all-in.
The Colorado Republican said the shift away to President Trump's "maximum pressure doctrine" and away from former President Barack Obama's "failed strategic patience doctrine" has pressured Mr. Kim to enter into talks, and he said the stakes are high.
Pence: U.S. made ‘zero’ concessions to North Korea ahead of planned Trump meeting with Kim Jong-un
Vice President Mike Pence said Friday the Trump administration made "zero concessions" to North Korea in agreeing that President Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"Our resolve is undeterred and our policy remains the same: all sanctions remain in place and the maximum pressure campaign will continue until North Korea takes concrete, permanent, and verifiable steps to end their nuclear program," Mr. Pence said in a statement.
Richard Blumenthal expresses skepticism over possible Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un ‘meeting’
Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday President Trump's plan to sit down with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un should be considered a "meeting" and not a "negotiation" over its nuclear program.
The Connecticut Democrat said the move toward diplomacy is a welcomed sign following Mr. Trump's vow to bring "fire and the fury" if North Korea continues to threaten the United States.
President Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May for historic talks on denuclearization, a senior South Korean official announced Thursday night.
South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong told reporters at the White House that Mr. Kim conveyed the invitation for a meeting with Mr. Trump after breakthrough talks this week between the North and South in Pyongyang.
China accuses Trump of damaging global trade
BEIJING (AP) — China accused U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday of damaging the global trading system by hiking steel and aluminum tariffs, while Japan and South Korea expressed alarm at potential economic costs.
China's Commerce Ministry said it "firmly opposes" Trump's move. It gave no indication whether Beijing might make good on threats to retaliate.
President Trump on Tuesday credited his campaign of maximum pressure coupled with "great help" from China for driving North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sudden decision to raise the prospect of talks with Washington about his nation's nuclear arsenal and to halt nuclear and missile tests while such negotiations play out.
President Trump on Tuesday claimed the lion's share of the credit for forcing North Korea to agree to talks about giving up its nuclear and missile program.
Asked who was responsible for the turnaround, the president responded: "Me."
He also said that he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "sincere" in offering to stop nuclear and missile tests in exchange for talks with the U.S. on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
President Trump on Tuesday welcomed North Korea's offer to suspend nuclear tests and enter talks on giving up its nukes but warned that it "may be false hope."
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made the offer to a South Korean envoy, with was a dramatic concession after aggressively threatening the U.S. and the world with its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
North Korea agrees to moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, will hold landmark summit in April
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to stop nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the United States on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
The breakthrough was announced Tuesday by Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's presidential national security director, after a rare visit to Pyongyang.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un hosted a dinner Monday for a delegation of South Korean officials, who are on a rare visit to Pyongyang as part of a growing push to arrange direct talks between North Korea and the United States.
White House says talks with North Korea must result in abandoning nukes
The White House said Monday that any talks with North Korea must lead to Pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons.
"Denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
South Korea's president has said North Korea is willing to engage in talks.
The Trump administration responded cautiously Sunday to North Korea's offer of direct talks, saying dialogue could lead to a "brighter path" for Pyongyang but vowing to keep "maximum pressure" on the Kim Jong-un regime until it undeniably abandons its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
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Readers may be forgiven for confusing the two after a weekend in which America's newsrooms raced to see who could lavish the most praise upon Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Ms. Kim, director of the Workers' Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department, made her star turn Friday at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.