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US officials say no added conditions for North Korea talks

12 March 2018

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo has defended Donald Trump's decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the president understands the risks.

Japanese media on Sunday cited Tokyo officials who said the government would make a contribution to support costs for an inspection, in response to North Korea's willingness to dismantle its nuclear program.

Trump would become the first sitting US president to meet with a leader of the reclusive country.

About 27.4 percent of the total respondents said they trust the North's denuclearization commitment and welcome its peace overtures, while 18.4 percent said they neither trust the North nor welcome the recent developments. The decision was announced to journalists on the White House driveway by a South Korean official, shortly after Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, had said direct negotiations were a distant prospect.

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The move comes amid talks that there has been 'a Japan passing, ' or a feeling that Japan has been ignored, in the stages of pursuing summits between South and North Korea as well as North Korea and the United States. Perhaps most dangerously for the world, he'll be left feeling embarrassed. South Korean officials have said Kim agreed to pause nuclear and missile testing ahead of negotiations. In a New Year's Day speech, Mr Kim said he had "a nuclear button on the desk" that could launch missiles capable of hitting the US.

This transcends politics. It wouldn't just be a win for Trump, it makes the world safer.

Mr Trump "isn't doing this for theatre, he is going there to solve a problem", the spy chief told Fox News Sunday.

The goal of the meeting remains denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, something Kim has agreed to discuss, they said. Pyongyang has pursued its nuclear program in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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But he said he might leave the talks quickly if it didn't look like progress for nuclear disarmament could be made.

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump chose to accept Kim's offer to meet.

Mr Trump's acceptance of Mr Kim's invitation to a summit meeting marks a diplomatic victory for Mr Moon. "If it does, it's the North Koreans' fault". Canadians should support the diplomatic efforts of the US president to bring lasting peace to the troubled Korean peninsula. "Things with North Korea couldn't be worse".

"What does North Korea mean by the suggestion that it will consider denuclearization as a condition for these talks?" she added.

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Pompeo also said US military exercises around the Korean peninsula will continue in the lead-up to the talks. After tweeting about conversations with world leaders on the issue he returned to it in a rambling speech to supporters in Pennsylvania on Saturday evening, saying of North Korean denuclearisation: "They are thinking about that - who knows what's going to happen?"

US officials say no added conditions for North Korea talks