Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump expresses 'openness to holding talks' with North Korea

Trump expresses 'openness to holding talks' with North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un as a "mature politician" with a formidable arsenal, but also urged him to defuse global tensions over Pyongyang's controversial nuclear program. "The two leaders underscored the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea".

Joseph Yun, the US special envoy to the six-party talks, told his South Korean counterpart on Friday the talks are being endorsed in Washington, News 1 reported.

Tuesday's meeting will come a week after the first conversation in two years between officials from North Korea and South Korea. "I don't want to comment on it-I don't want to comment, I'm not saying I have or I haven't".

This past week, Trump indicated he is open to diplomatic talks, but "at the appropriate time and under the right circumstances", according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

A North Korea nuclear test may be in the works as recent commercial satellite imagery spotted activity at its Punggye-ri test site's South and West portals.

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The final decision will be come on January 20th when the International Olympic Committee hosts talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss North Korea's participation at PyeongChang 2018.

"I think that Mr. Kim Jong Un has obviously won this round", Putin told a group of Russian editors and media executives in Moscow on January 11.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump told The Wall Street Journal. In his New Year's address last week, Kim said he has a "nuclear button" that could fire weapons anywhere in the United States, and Trump responded that he has a much bigger and more powerful "nuclear button".

A stricken North Korea, if it chose not to retaliate, would also lose enormous worldwide and domestic standing, and set the precedent for the United States to repeat the strike any time it feels the country has stepped out of line. "He is an absolutely competent and already mature politician", Putin said, adding that the hard task of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula should be solved only through a dialogue, through negotiations.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation notes that, " ... the meeting was closely watched by world leaders eager for any sign of a reduction in tensions on the Korean Peninsula, amid growing concern over North Korea's nuclear weapons development and defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions".

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