President Trump “Willing to Engage” North Korea to Avoid World War 3
Thursday, US President Donald Trump told South Korea’s Presidential envoy that Washington is willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement.
President Trump has said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has campaigned on a more moderate approach towards the North but he has said it must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialogue can be possible.
President Moon’s envoy to Washington, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said President Trump spoke of being willing to use engagement to ensure peace, Hong said Thursday.
“The fact that Trump said he will not have talks for the sake of talks reiterated our joint stance that we are open to dialogue but the right situation must be formed,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck in a regular media briefing.
South Korea and the United States agreed during a visit to Seoul by President Trump’s national security advisers this week to formulate a “bold and pragmatic” joint approach, Cho added.
The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the programme is necessary to counter US aggression.
The United States has called on China to do more to rein in its roguish neighbor.
North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, saying it was a test of its capability to carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead”.
But a senior North Korean diplomat has said Pyongyang is also open to having talks with Washington under the right conditions.
President Moon’s envoy to China, former Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan, landed in Beijing Thursday with a letter from President Moon to deliver to China President Xi Jinping.
PM Lee said a Summit between Xi and Moon could happen in July on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Germany. A separate Summit could also be held the following month, Lee said.
President Moon sent envoys to the United States, China, Japan and the European Union this week in what the government has called “preemptive diplomacy”.