What's Behind India's Recent Outreach to North Korea?

22 May, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Trump and Moon meet amid rising doubts on North Korea

It first canceled high-level talks with the South, then warned that it would "never be easy to sit face to face again with the present regime of South Korea" and more ominously, rejected the names of South Korean journalists who were to cover the shutdown of the North's nuclear test site later this week.

Even as teams of advance staffers survey ornate hotel ballrooms in Singapore for the June 12 encounter, some of the President's advisers privately say the chances of the talks occurring grew slimmer after North Korea adopted a harsher tone toward the United States last week and raised questions about Kim's commitment to, and definition of, denuclearization.

The meeting, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, was left in doubt last week when Pyongyang said it would not entertain a "a one-sided demand" from Trump for the country to give up its nuclear weapons.

"We expect the heavily sanctioned North Korea to use cyber operations to raise funds and to gather intelligence or launch attacks on South Korea and the United States", US intelligence agencies said in a threat assessment in February.

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This is published unedited from the PTI feed. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!' Despite all of the president's fiery rhetoric against Kim - who is a dictator - he is respectfully referred to on the coin as "Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un".

'China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made, ' Trump tweeted on Monday.

In a sense, the Moon-Trump discussions - especially about the terms on which the North will denuclearise - and North Korea's response to their agreement might determine the fate of the denuclearisation talks. Most importantly, North Korea reiterated its longstanding view that its return to denuclearization dialogue is rooted in North Korean strength and is conditioned on expectations for tension-reduction and diplomatic normalization with the United States. While China sided with Pyongyang in the Korean War and has a mutual defense treaty, it's unclear how Beijing would act in a conflict - particularly if North Korea kicked things off.

"I don't think President Trump is thinking about public relations, he's thinking about peace", he said.

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Engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, including the upcoming UN Universal Periodic Review and a review under the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, while responding seriously to recommendations for compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, both of which North Korea has ratified. There have even been reports that the Center for Space Science and Technology in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) located in Dehradun had been providing technical education to North Korean scientists.

Oh says the warning came because North Korea believes its nuclear arsenal means it deserves more respect ahead of talks. Trump has told aides he believes Xi is attempting to influence the summit, and the matter has become entwined in the ongoing trade standoff between Washington and Beijing.

North Korea has threatened to pull out of the meeting after comments by US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

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