This was decided in talks between his envoys to Pyongyang and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Of course, even if the Trump Administration somehow hammers out a seemingly airtight agreement with the North, it will be long debated whether Mr. Trump's antics had been carefully orchestrated all along, or whether President Trump just stumbled into it; that questions about this president's mental stability and willingness to defy even his closest advisers, scared even Kim.
After returning from the United States, Chung will visit China and Russia, while Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea's intelligence agency, will head to Japan to brief officials. It appears that his objective is two-fold, and his dangling the carrot of "denuclearization" is merely a ruse that he will quickly pull back as soon as his demands are met. Recall his stated belief that his nuclear arsenal is his "treasured sword".
It could also simply be an effort to buy time while the Kim regime figures out how to protect the nuclear advances it has made and develop more nuclear-capable weapons in the future.
Moon and Kim will sit down for a summit on the southern side of the Demilitarised Zone next month, Seoul said after its envoys returned from a historic trip to Pyongyang. Because the U.S. -led coalition did not intend to kill civilians, investigators did not charge the U.S. with a war crime, though they did note that the coalition violated international law by failing to ensure through the adequate procedures that the occupants of the building were, in fact, combatants.
John Park, the Korea working group director at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, shed further light on the messages Chung was reportedly bringing to Washington.
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Coats added that Kim is "very calculating" and views his nuclear capabilities as "essential to his well-being as well as the well-being of his nation".
The president's threat to withdraw certification of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it gets strengthened by May is another high stakes play, according to Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, a New York-based risk consultancy. The committee worries that Chinese companies, especially tech-giant Huawei Technologies, would exploit all available openings and links to Broadcom to seize an early lead in 5G network development.
That said, the window for such transformation is small. "And that they're willing to actually discuss the nuclear issue means they're really desperate to have talks".
It also remains uncertain whether U.S. President Donald Trump, who has vowed not to repeat the mistakes of previous American leaders in dealing with the North, will accept the offer of dialogue. The unidentified officials said a simultaneous computer-simulated drill known as Key Resolve would also be held from mid to late April.
By floating a reported desire for the "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", North Korea could be pushing for its long-sought goal of removing U.S. military assets. "I believe it is the same now".
North Korea has a history of breaking its agreements, and there is little reason to trust that Pyongyang would end its nuclear weapons program, let alone eliminate the weapons it currently possesses.
North Korea has yet to confirm the concessions Seoul says Pyongyang has offered so its motives are open to interpretation.
It will be the first time that North Korean leader steps across the military demarcation line to set foot on South Korean soil.
Trump initially tweeted his reaction, saying "possible progress" was being made in talks with North Korea.
"The United States strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination", Nauert said.
"Caution, we've been here so many times before", said James Hoare, a British diplomat and historian who opened the U.K.'s first embassy in Pyongyang in 2001.
The US said it would impose new sanctions on North Korea in response.