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Deterrence and diplomacy are the only options for North Korea

Deterrence and diplomacy are the only options for North Korea

The White House has said it fully expects President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, though the North has yet to confirm the meeting.

Moon and Kim are expected to talk about a proposal for restarting communications between the North and South Korean militaries.

In 2017, the USA raised eyebrows by deploying three aircraft carriers and two nuclear submarines to Korea for different exercises.

Among the unverified reports so far is that Kim hopes to sign a peace treaty with Trump - a long-held goal of the North Korean regime.

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

Mr Trump boasted about the meeting on Twitter, writing that there was "great progress being made" and a "meeting being planned!"

"(South Korean) President Moon Jae-in believes that the leadership of the Chinese government, especially the leadership ability of President Xi, has played a big role in this", Chung said.

Blaney said the United States should collaborate with countries in the region although some are concerned that Moscow could hinder Washington's efforts to reach a nuclear deal with North Korea.

JEJU ISLAND 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.

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But Mr Tillerson seemed somewhat surprised at the invitation, telling reporters that it was "the most forward-leaning report that we've have had in terms of Kim Jong-un's - not just willingness - but his strong desire for talks".

The island hosts an annual "peace and prosperity" forum in May created to attract worldwide leaders.

EUROPE Several spots in Europe, including Switzerland and Sweden, have been raised as possible neutral locations for a summit. It has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering, but its rhetoric has been tame compared with threats exchanged at the height of tensions previous year.

As a child, Kim and his siblings attended an elite private school in Switzerland in the 1990s, according to former classmates there.

As Stanford political scientist Scott Sagan summarizes, "States will seek to develop nuclear weapons when they face a significant military threat to their security that can not be met through alternative means; if they do not face such threats, they willingly remain non-nuclear states."Kim is in this sense a rational actor in pursuit of regime survival and dynasty preservation, perceiving nukes as his sole effective tool".

Kono declined to say what that action should be, but South Korea's presidential Blue House quoted him as saying that the breakthrough on talks with North Korea was a near "miracle".

China may not even want a complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, but simply to contain the situation before it gets worse.

It added: "The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialog between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation".


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