Mnuchin: No Nuke, Missile Testing Condition Through US-N. Korea Summit
Mnuchin: No Nuke, Missile Testing Condition Through US-N. Korea Summit
South Korea and North Korea have been divided for over 70 years
13 March, 2018, 11:26
A day later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called for "concrete actions" from the North, which led to interpretations the USA was attaching new preconditions to the summit. According to the report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said the meeting wouldn't take place "until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea". "I think it's time", Mr Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Pennsylvania, adding that he believed Pyongyang when they said "they are not sending missiles up" as the two sides work out the arrangements for a historic meeting.
Mnuchin said that Trump has been very clear that the objective is to get rid of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.
President Trump also said he hopes there will be no further North Korean missile tests during contacts with United States officials.
Trump has agreed to an invitation by Kim to meet after a year of heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests. A senior USA official said North Korea offered to suspend their nuclear missile testing alongside their invitation for talks.
The Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korea publication in Japan that is not directly controlled by Pyongyang but still considered a government mouthpiece, reported the planned U.S.
Map showing the geography of North Korea and South Korea
"He's marshalled unprecedented economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime in North Korea and this breakthrough - and we hope it is a breakthrough - is a result of the strong leadership the president has provided on the world stage", Pence said. -South Korean military exercises during that time.
South Korean U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity".
Last year, Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged threats and insults against each other.
North Korea's state media have lauded the thaw in relations with South Korea.
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