No new conditions on North Korea before talks

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Published Mar 13, 2018, 7:10 am IST
Updated Mar 13, 2018, 7:10 am IST
President Donald Trump agreed to meet the North’s Kim Jong Un by May.
Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders beyond the North’s promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticise US-South Korean military exercises.
 Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders beyond the North’s promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticise US-South Korean military exercises.

Washington: Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders beyond the North’s promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticise US-South Korean military exercises. The officials’ comments on Sunday followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump agreed to meet the North’s Kim Jong Un by May.

“This potential meeting has been agreed to, there are no additional conditions being stipulated, but, again they cannot engage in missile testing,  nuclear testing and they can’t publicly object to the U.S.-South Korea planned military exercises,” deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said. The administration officials credited toughened economic sanctions imposed by the UN, and pushed by the US , with helping bring Kim to the brink of negotiations.

 

“Our policy is pressure, is pressure from our partners and allies around the world, pressure to the UN through China, these have had an impact. It's impacted Kim Jong Un's behavior. It's impacted his conduct,” Shah said.  But some members of Congress said they worry that Trump acted impulsively in agreeing to meet with Kim, before negotiators for both countries had a chance to set some goals the leaders could agree to.





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