Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea's Kim 'on his toes'


But the United States should also communicate that if North Korea does immediately stop that there would be an immediate meeting of North Korea, the United States, China and Japan to establish a nuclear non-proliferation treaty for the region and very serious and significant economic and financial aid and assistance to North Korea from all four countries.

The U.S. described the move to put off its annual drill with South Korea as an effort to "de-conflict" the military exercise and the Winter Games, allowing Moon to "focus on ensuring the security" of the Olympics, due to start February 9.

Pushing back at claims President Donald Trump is walking back his tough stance against North Korea and taking more shots at past foreign policy failures, USA ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley contends there is "no turnaround" for the administration's end goal to "denuclearize the peninsula", because "we're going to be smart this time". The question is whether this can go beyond ensuring the success of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and serve as a catalyst for bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula.

In that sense, the most obvious risk is that Kim will seek to use the talks to drive a wedge between the dovish Moon and Trump.

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After a year of escalating tensions, President Donald Trump gave room for North Korea and South Korea to improve ties ahead of next month's Winter Olympics, delaying military exercises and praising tentative plans for talks after earlier shunning such diplomatic efforts.

"Look, right now they're talking Olympics". He added: "They do know how to reach us if and when they are ready to engage with us as well". "It could be a meeting about the Olympics and nothing else happens".

January 4, 2018 (EIRNS)-The United States and South Korea agreed today to postpone the annual U.S.

In the end, Haley said, the world has come to "respect" President Trump's "unpredictability" as it has forced hostile opposing countries, namely North Korea and Iran, to stay tuned to his positions posted via Twitter.

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Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera sounded a note of caution about the proposed talks.

North Korea is not a dive bar, and the nuclear "button" is neither beer bottle nor brass knuckles. "We have no intention of weakening our warning and surveillance". Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement Thursday that "in the spirit of the Olympic Games, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will de-conflict the start of our annual U.S. -ROK joint exercises until after the conclusion of the Winter Olympics".

Earlier this week, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington had heard reports that Pyongyang might be preparing to fire another missile.

"Pyongyang has taken the initiative to improve relations with Seoul this time".

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It is noteworthy that EIR Asia specialist Michael Billington had said just one week ago that such breakthroughs were on the way in Korea, not because of any local factors, but due to the global paradigm-shift for which we have been fighting.