How South Korea - and North Korean Spies - Got Trump to Say Yes

The Trump Kim summit is expected to take place by May of this year

The Trump Kim summit is expected to take place by May of this year

Should I (should any of us) feel comfortable with the prospect of the arrogant, muddle-headed know-nothing who lives in the White House negotiating life-and-death nuclear matters for me, and us, with this North Korean killer?

"I believe they will honour that commitment", the president said.

Tensions eased as the Koreas held talks against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics in South Korea last month, but Japan has expressed skepticism and warned that "talks for the sake of talks" would be unacceptable. Also discussing opening up Japan to much better trade with the U.S. now have a massive $100 Billion Trade Deficit.

Pyongyang has previously demanded Seoul return 12 North Korean women who worked at a North Korea-run restaurant in China and defected to South Korea as a group in 2016.

The North Korean government might have also been holding off because it's concerned the summit proposal could fall through, which could be hard to explain to their own public.

Another spot in South Korea that has been raised as an option is scenic Jeju Island, off the southern coast, easily accessed by either boat or airplane from the Korean peninsula. He had met earlier with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

Mattis wouldn't talk at all about the diplomatic push over North Korea's nuclear program.

The South Korean leader might offer to reopen the Kaesong industrial center, which was closed after a North Korean nuclear test in 2016.

Tillerson's remarks that these things take time contrast with Trump's on-the-spot acceptance of Kim's invitation when South Korea's national security adviser informed him about it at the White House last week.

Xi voiced hope that the talks will lead to "substantial progress" in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and toward the normalisation of relations between the countries involved.

In the past, North Korea has called for a permanent peace to replace the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War.

"There is a possibility no nuclear submarines will be coming either", the source added.

Signing a peace treaty would require addressing issues regarding the US military's presence in South Korea and its transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea and United Nations forces there, Koh said. So they are engaged in a complicated process of both trying to blackmail the West, and blackmail South Korea and most importantly trying to blackmail China, keep adversaries at bay and continue to be able to attract the kind of support they need to continue to exist."In this view, North Korea observes the long history of US -orchestrated regime change in non-nuclear states".

Brian Padden reported this story for VOANews. Mario Ritter adapted the report for Learning English. George Grow was the editor. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.