Max Boot: Trump snookered by both Koreas into meeting Kim


"When we say peace, what do we mean?"

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is continuing to prepare on a number of levels for the meeting.

For the time being, USA plans to launch a military strike on North Korea are on the back burner and there is hope for an easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. "I believe they will honor that commitment!"

"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. He added that discussions around the meeting are still "in the very early stages" and "several steps will be necessary to agree on a location", according to Politico. North Korea's ties with China have become increasingly strained owing to Kim's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles in defiance of China's wishes and its support for stricter sanctions on North Korea. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the US and even where the two leaders might meet.

Asked if China would welcome the chance to host the Trump-Kim meeting, the spokesman gave a cautiously worded response, which amounted to "yes, but we need to be asked first".

"Talk is certainly better than war".

The unlikely to deploy an aircraft carrier, which is considered a "strategic asset", during the drills, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

MS Dhoni speaks in support of Mohammed Shami
Talking to, Dhoni said, "As much as I know, Shami is a great human being and he can't cheat his wife and country. Team India wicket-keeper Dhoni said that he will not speak much on this issue as it is related to Shami's personal life.

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 previous year. The US position remains that it wants North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme in exchange for aid and diplomatic incentives.

"We all agreed that we're optimistic about this opportunity but we're determined, we're determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words matched with deeds and a real progress toward denuclearization", McMaster said.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted again, saying, "North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017, and has promised not to do so through our meetings". South Korean President Moon Jae-in played a pivotal role in all these fast moving developments and can be credited for orchestrating them.

South Korea's National Security Office chief, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation to Pyongyang, will head to Russian Federation on Tuesday, while spy agency chief Suh Hoon met Japan's foreign minister in Tokyo, where he is to speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

Chung renewed Moon's invitation for Xi to visit Seoul.

Tensions eased as the Koreas held talks against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics in South Korea last month but Japan has expressed scepticism and warned that "talks for the sake of talks" would be unacceptable. This summit may save the world from a nuclear disaster.