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China: US, N. Korea should establish contact, defuse crisis

Ellis Copeland | 03 May, 2017, 02:51

In an interview made public Monday, President Trump said he would be "honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

"What merits a serious attention is that such a military game is underway when (US President Donald) Trump and other warmongers are crying out for making a pre-emptive nuclear strike at North Korea day after day", it said.

Trump's comment about meeting Kim comes as tensions have risen in recent months between the U.S. and North Korea as Pyongyang has sought to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and Washington has made a show of force in the region to deter their use.

"The Japanese authorities should behave with discretion, clearly understanding that it is Japan which will be affected most once a war breaks out on the peninsula", the publication added.

People also debate whether the security benefits of Thaad would outweigh drawbacks if relations worsen with China, which sees the system as a threat, and have been angered by USA president Donald Trump's statement that he would make South Korea pay one billion dollars for the system.

"They believe they can beat the South Koreans - perhaps even without using their nuclear weapons - if only they can manoeuvr the U.S.to stay out of that fight", Martin wrote.

Trump's administration since then has said that Pyongyang must agree to abandon its nuclear and missile programme before relations between the countries can improve.

On one point, at least, Trump and his team have been consistently clear: A solution requires involvement by China, the North's biggest economic partner.

Trump's suggestion of admiration for Kim, however, is something entirely new.

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Trump did not say what conditions would need to be met for any such meeting to occur or when it could happen, but the White House later said North Korea would need to meet many conditions before a meeting could be contemplated. He said Kim should have to alter his government's behavior and "show signs of good faith".

Mr Trump drew criticism in Washington on Monday when he said he would be "honoured" to meet North Korea's young leader.

Yonhap, in another story, questioned whether Trump's comments on Kim might be a strategy to justify future USA moves to strengthen pressure against North Korea.

Any doubts over Donald Trump's ability as a statesmen have now been dealt with, in North Korea he has proven himself to be the master of the deal. As president, Obama ultimately spoke by phone with Iran's leader and traveled to Cuba amid an historic detente with the island nation.

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THAAD was deployed to South Korea by the U.S. in response to North Korea's increased missile and nuclear tests, but the defense system has drawn sharp opposition from China and Russian Federation, whose territory is within the system's range.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spelled out the terms of any talks in a meeting of UN Security Council ministers last Friday.

Bolton, who was on Trump's short-list for secretary of state, dismissed efforts to force North Korea to denuclearise and suggested that pressure be placed on China to accept the peaceful reunification of the Koreas under the auspices of South Korea.

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