A 10-member South Korean delegation led by National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong travelled to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Monday in hopes of encouraging North Korea and the United States to talk to one another. He explained the 2 sides agreed to hold a summit in Panmunjom in late April.
Although Bolton expressed wariness with North Korea's seemingly drastic shift, he maintained that the U.S. would only be distracted successfully "if we take the pressure off" Kim that Trump has applied since he assumed the Oval Office in 2017.
North Korea's surprise offer of nuclear talks has thrown Donald Trump the biggest global challenge of his administration - and prompted a rare show of restraint from the usually outspoken president.
In a briefing following the meeting, Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hong Jun-pyo expressed doubt cross-border talks would lead to the North dismantling its nukes.
The investigation found Kim Jong-nam was murdered with the highly toxic liquid nerve agent VX used as a chemical weapon, resulting in automatic sanctions in compliance with the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.
The US president being seen to prematurely slam the door on talks would put a massive strain on relations with Seoul and would likely spell the end of rigorously enforced international sanctions.
It was the first time South Korean officials met with the young North Korean leader in person since he took power after his dictator father's death in late 2011 - and the latest sign that the Koreas are trying to mend ties after a year of repeated North Korean weapons tests and threats of nuclear war. "We are going to do something, one way or the other, we are going to do something and not let that situation fester".
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Chung said the two Koreas would hold a summit at a South Korea-controlled facility.
So, does this mean we should be skeptical about the announcement and brace ourselves for an expected devolution?
United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed in the wake of North Korea's sixth nuclear test last year, and a dozen missile launches, have ratcheted up economic pressure on the country, cutting the flow of foreign cash to the regime.
If talks with the United States happen, Chung said North Korea "made it clear that it won't resume strategic provocations like additional nuclear tests or test launches of ballistic missiles" while the talks continue.
That would mark the first time that a North Korean leader has ever entered southern territory. Alternatively, Washington and Pyongyang achieve a deal, then the North Koreans appear to cheat.
Hong earlier asked the president to limit the topics of Wednesday's meeting to security and inter-Korean issues, which the president accepted. That is true. And its also a concern whether Trump's threadbare State Department has the expertise and wherewithal to exploit this momentous opportunity.
"This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD [weapons of mass destruction] programme of any kind".
"The United States strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination". They resulted in a series of cooperative projects between the Koreas that were scuttled during subsequent conservative administrations in the South.