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Japan's FM: 'Right before miracle' on Korean Peninsula situation

13 March 2018

The possible summit would also take place as the North snaps off regular weapons tests in a dogged march toward its goal of a viable nuclear arsenal that can threaten the US mainland.

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The US military is reportedly keeping some of its aircraft carriers from participating in war games around the Korean Peninsula ahead of an upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The fateful meeting could happen as soon as may according to a South Korean delegation. Long before Mr Trump began trading schoolboy insults with Mr Kim, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama relentlessly demonised the North as a rogue state run by a dynasty of brutal tyrants determined to destroy Western civilisation. These range from treaty allies whom Washington is sworn to defend - Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand - to nations with whom it shares very close political, economic and defense relationships.

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"Nothing's been agreed and I don't want to start floating ideas out through the media", Tillerson said in Abuja alongside Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama. In a September 2005 joint statement, Pyongyang agreed to abandon its nuclear weapons and nuclear programs, while the USA said it had no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and that it would not attack North Korea.

Late on Thursday, South Korea's National Security Director Chung Eui-Yong told reporters at the White House that Trump and Kim would meet.

President Xi Jinping says China is willing to work with the global community to promote Beijing's "dual-track approach" of committing to denuclearisation while establishing a peace mechanism in the Korean peninsula.

No promise Mr Trump could make would persuade the North Koreans to surrender their nukes. Expect pressure from the two countries for a swift resolution, as continued tensions could mean further USA presence in the peninsula for years to come.

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Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis is not convinced President Trump should meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

It has essentially barred foreign media from visiting the country for more than a month and, while trumpeting the need for better inter-Korean relations, clung to the same anti-U.S., pro-nuclear weapons tone it struck at the height of its missile-testing frenzy past year.

No date or venue for the planned Trump-Kim summit has been set. Others say the U.S. and North Korea may have entirely different expectations of the meeting. He has been to North Korea multiple times and is trusted by South Korea.

Perhaps the answer to the silence is as simple as this old proverb: It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

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Japan's FM: 'Right before miracle' on Korean Peninsula situation