Relief for N Korea only when it gives up nukes, says Mattis

06 June, 2018, 19:29 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Trump vague on how they will ensure North Korea’s security

"We must maintain a strong collaborative defensive stance so we enable our diplomats to negotiate from a strong position of strength in this critical time", said Mattis.

Speaking of the meeting of Donald Trump, the U.S. President, and Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea, Mattis stated that "we can anticipate, at best, a bumpy road to the (negotiations)".

South Korean and Japanese Defence ministers also attended the meeting.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks at a plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018 in this photo provided by Reuters.

Trump has offended the North Koreans by threatening Kim with the same fate as Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi if Pyongyang does not make a deal with the U.S. The demand for abrupt denuclearization is another stumbling block.

"At the end of dark days of confrontation and tensions a year ago, we heard a message of peace and harmony at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics", Song said, adding that diplomatic efforts are "changing the course of history".

However, the USA leader ruled out signing anything at the June 12 meeting.


North Korea has denounced the computer-simulated war games, saying they are a rehearsal for an invasion.

It is not clear what either side is prepared to offer during the negotiations.

The country's foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its official WeChat account that it viewed the meeting between the United States and North Korean leaders as key to achieving denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

His South Korean counterpart urged support for dialogue to help North Korea join the worldwide community, saying its leader Kim Jong Un must be given the benefit of the doubt.

Assad's outreach reflects Kim's push to shed his reclusive image and seek wider contacts, including apparent efforts underway to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"But there must be CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement), and it must be enforced, and I believe Kim Jong Un will embrace it", Song told the forum. A Syrian nuclear reactor destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in 2007 was believed to be built partly on North Korean designs.

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