President Donald Trump has accepted North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s dramatic offer to meet, and he’ll do it by May, a South Korean official said Thursday evening.
South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong informed U.S. press of the expected in-person conversation and said the goal of the unprecedented meeting between the two countries’ leaders is permanent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Chung did not say where the meeting would take place.
A half hour after the foreign official announced the meeting steps from the West Wing, the White House confirmed Trump’s participation. But it did not second Chung’s claim that talks would be held within the next two months.
A statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the place and time of the meeting was still to be determined.
‘President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined,’ Sanders said. ‘We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.’
Scoop: Trump urges staff to portray him as “crazy guy”, coaches them how to negotiate with North Korea
( Jonathan Swan Axios ) In an Oval Office meeting earlier this month, President Trump gave his top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, an Art of the Deal-style coaching session on how to negotiate with the South Koreans.
Trump’s impromptu coaching came in the middle of a pivotal conversation with top officials about whether or not to withdraw from the U.S.-Korean trade deal. Sources familiar with the conversation recounted the exchange for Axios, and the White House did not dispute this account.
A number of senior officials and cabinet secretaries were present for the conversation, including Defense Secretary Mattis, Agriculture Secretary Perdue, and Secretary of State Tillerson. At issue was whether the U.S. would withdraw from the Korean trade deal — an action Trump threatened but still hasn’t done.
“You’ve got 30 days, and if you don’t get concessions then I’m pulling out,” Trump told Lighthizer.
“Ok, well I’ll tell the Koreans they’ve got 30 days,” Lighthizer replied.
“No, no, no,” Trump interjected. “That’s not how you negotiate. You don’t tell them they’ve got 30 days. You tell them, ‘This guy’s so crazy he could pull out any minute.'”
“That’s what you tell them: Any minute,” Trump continued. “And by the way, I might. You guys all need to know I might. You don’t tell them 30 days. If they take 30 days they’ll stretch this out.”
- Korea was ruled by Russia, then Japan ( 1905 ) and finally divided after World War II – communist North, capitalist South.
- Japanese rule was harsh and Korea underwent drastic changes during this time. Their Emperor – Sujong of Korea – and currency were abolished and Koreans were forced to speak Japanese
( Daily Mail ) Stunning photographs have emerged showing a forgotten time when Korea was unified and people were free to live in peace – without the threat of nuclear war.
Images show girls smoking and gambling, happy children eating in a street café and young couples getting married long before millions suffered under the Kim dynasty’s brutal dictatorship.
Taken between 1890 and 1910 long before the Korean War tore a nation apart, the people of the north and south can be seen living together in harmony.
Today, the entire peninsula remains on the brink of nuclear disaster with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un continues to trade threats with the US.
For a brief period beginning in 1897, Korea was an independent nation. The Korean people had gained their freedom from Russian rule, formed their own empire, and finally won the opportunity to develop and revel in their own culture.
But not long after Korea had won its freedom, the Japanese swept in and took it away. By 1905, Korea was a protectorate of Japan and by 1910, they were completely annexed by Japan.
Japanese rule was harsh and Korea underwent drastic changes during this time. Their Emperor – Sujong of Korea – and currency were abolished and Koreans were forced to speak Japanese.
The country remained under their rule until the end of the Second World War in 1945 when the allied armies defeated the Japanese. With this victory, it seemed, for a brief moment like there would be a free and united Korea once more.
However Korea was then divided into two zones by the United States and the Soviet Union, with the north occupied by the Soviets.
An invasion by North Korea led to the Korean War of 1950. There was a ceasefire in 1953, but no peace treaty was signed and the country remained divided.
Read more: Korea before Kim’s crazy clan: Photos taken more than a century ago show the north and south living in peace without the threat of nuclear war and before Pyongyang’s brutal dynasty of dictators
WOW! PRES. TRUMP FIRST U.N. SPEECH A GRAND SLAM: ATTACKS ‘ROCKET MAN’ KIM JONG UN, IRAN AND SOCIALISM – DEAD SILENCE
- ‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime’
- ‘The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States have ever implemented’
- ‘The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented’
- “In America, the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs.” ( http://bit.ly/2ybr2tI )
- President Trump: “We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government … In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone. But rather let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.”
From Daily Mail:
President Donald Trump began his first speech to the UN Tuesday with a vow to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea‘s Kim Jong-un if his regime threatens the United States, as he talked up the ‘vast military power’ of the United States.
‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’ Trump warned gathered world leaders, picking up a derisive term from one of his tweets over the weekend.
Trump began his remarks at the United Nations with a brash statement of U.S. military might as he defended his ‘America first’ agenda to a group of world leaders.
Trump on Obama-Iran deal:
President Trump: The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States have ever implemented. Frankly that deal is an embarrassment to the United States.
‘The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos,’ Trump said.
‘The longest suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people. Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.’
Trump denounces socialism:
President Donald Trump: The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (long pause) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venuzela, wherever socialism or communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.
( True Pundit ) North Korea was reportedly rocked by a 6.5 earthquake late Friday night, although many were linking the disturbance to possible underground nuclear missile testing by the communist country’s military.
The blast late Friday night comes just days after a similar 6.3 seismic event rocked North Korea on Sept. 3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey data. That event too is largely being linked to underground nuclear testing. Soon after that blast North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb designed to be fitted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
That seismic event likewise set off other alarm bells in the White House and was quickly followed by a Tweet blast from President Donald Trump who vowed to hold North Korea responsible for its rogue behavior.
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near a test site in North Korea, sparking fears the regime has launched its sixth nuclear test.
China’s earthquake administration said it detected the quake in northeastern North Korea and described it as a ‘suspected explosion’, according to Reuters.
The depth was recorded as zero meters deep. Yonhap, South Korea’s official news agency, reports the quake struck in Kilju county where North Korea’s nuclear test site Punggyeri is located.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the quake was artificial and it’s analyzing whether the North conducted a nuclear test.
It says it detected a seismic wave from 12.34pm to 12.36pm Sunday around Punggyeri.
North Korea conducted its fifth test last September – which also caused a massive earthquake.
Just hours earlier, the country claimed it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that has ‘great destructive power’.
Photos released on Saturday show the country’s leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a hydrogen bomb that will be loaded on a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
The hydrogen bomb’s power is adjustable and can be detonated at high altitudes. The regime claims it can build as many of the nuclear weapons as it wishes.
Read more: BREAKING NEWS – Fears North Korea has launched its SIXTH nuclear test: 5.6 ‘artificial’ earthquake is detected near test site, after regime boasted it had loaded a hydrogen bomb onto an ICBM