"Do you believe that North Korea's recent willingness to talk is sincere?"
During the news conference, Trump again blamed his predecessors for allowing the North Korea nuclear program to grow and credited his own policies for the prospect of talks: Sanctions, he said, "have been very, very strong and biting". The three day visit happened during the Winter Olympics.
What should be guarded against is that the possibility of the North using closer ties with the South and talks with the US to avoid possible US military action and shake itself out of the international sanctions that have been strangling its already impoverished economy. He also tweeted that "the World is watching and waiting!" and that "the U.S.is ready to go hard in either direction!".
The missile tests led to numerous sanctions against North Korea in 2017. He said Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will establish a "hotline" communication channel to lower military tensions, and would speak together before the possible summit.
"We have intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the U.S.", the statement had said. The rest were Yoo Seong-min of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, Cho Bae-sook of the Party for Democracy and Peace and Lee Jeong-mi of the progressive Justice Party.
Tough sanctions aside, it's been Mr. Trump's tough rhetoric that has helped stoke fears of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
The developments may signal a desire by Kim to be seen more seriously and less as a maverick leader of a rogue regime.
Kim had invited Moon to the DPRK for a summit, which was the first such request from its leader to a South Korean president. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.
South Korea says North Korea has agreed to impose a moratorium on tests of nuclear weapons and missiles if it holds talks with the United States.
On Tuesday, Trump hailed "positive progress" in talks between the two Koreas, hours after South Korea, the US ally said that North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear program. Doan and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia pleaded not guilty to killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
The US president said the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive, but also said it might be a "false hope". Indeed, that is the best security assurance they can get. South Korea and North Korea have also agreed to hold summit talks in late April. After exposure, it severely disrupts the body's signalling between the nervous and muscular systems, leading to neuromuscular blockade, flaccid paralysis of all the muscles in the body including the diaphragm, and death by asphyxiation.