Donald Trump says he'd be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong Un

Randall Craig
May 3, 2017

Those developments are North Korea's much-criticized nuclear weapons tests and Trump's repeated threats to take military action against the Pyongyang regime led by Kim Jong-un, who has threatened to retaliate against USA and South Korean forces.

Doubt it? Here's Trump to Bloomberg about his willingness to meet with Kim: "Most political people would never say that but I'm telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him".

Despite Trump offering several qualifiers about talks if "appropriate" and "under the right circumstances", which suggest it nearly certainly will never happen at all, was loudly panned.

The US military has moved an aircraft carrier strike group into the region, docked a powerful nuclear submarine in South Korea and staged large military drills with South Korea and Japan.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, however, said later on Monday that the U.S. would first need to see changes in North Korean behavior before a potential sit-down. "I mean, we'll see". The statement, which came in response to CNN's questions about the latest launch, did not acknowledge Saturday's missile test.

"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today".

Tension have been at an all-time high between the us and North Korea since Trump took office.

In recent weeks, North Korea has conducted major military drills, test-fired missiles in violation of United Nations resolutions and taken preparatory steps toward a fifth nuclear test, steps that have fueled growing USA concerns and prompted Trump to send an aircraft carrier to the area.

One individual who clearly agrees that North Korea represents a real threat is Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, which supports initiatives to prevent the spread and use of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Pompeo's visit coincided with news that the controversial U.S. missile defense system known as THAAD - whose deployment has angered China - is now operational in South Korea. "We need the defend us", said Lee Seung-won, 74, who wore Army fatigues and buttons with a Christian cross and USA and South Korean flags.

The deployment of THAAD has already proved unpopular with many South Koreans and hurt the country's relations with China. "There is nothing right now facing this country and facing the region that is a bigger threat than what is happening in North Korea", he said in the ABC interview. Unlike the United States, Beijing has pushed for talks first and action later on North Korea. The vote also has become a referendum on USA relations - about how close South Koreans want to be with the United States.

"I'll speak to anybody", Trump said then.

In a taped interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation", the president would not discuss the possibility of military action, saying: "It is a chess game".

"Look, because if you hurt your knee, honestly, I'd rather have the federal government focused on North Korea, focused on other things, than your knee, okay?"

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