Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask for Permission to 'Watch Iran'

Feb 07, 2019, 00:48
Iraqi President Says Trump Didn't Ask for Permission to 'Watch Iran'

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27 to February 28 for their second summit, local media report said on Wednesday.

In his State of the Union address, Trump said his administration was continuing its "historic push for peace in North Korea", noting the return of several American citizens who had been imprisoned by the North Korean regime and a halt to nuclear and missile tests. "I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong Un: President Trump believes your country can replicate this path".

It was not immediately clear in which city the meeting would take place.

SAUL LOEB via Getty Images President Donald Trump first met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018.

Japan said it hoped the agreement Trump and Kim reached last June, including the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, would be implemented "thoroughly and swiftly", while Australia said it was important to enforce worldwide sanctions against North Korea to show Pyongyang that "the world is equally committed" to its denuclearization.

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Nhung agreed: "I think North Korea now is like Vietnam before the U.S. embargo was lifted, poor and economically limited".

North Korea "continues to defy Security Council resolutions through a massive increase in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products and coal", states a report summary, as "global banks and insurance companies continue to unwittingly facilitate payments and provide coverage for vessels in ever-larger, multi-million-dollar, illegal ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products". "It's yours if you'll seize the moment", Pompeo said in remarks aimed at Kim.

Opinion about Trump's outreach to Kim Jong Un divides North Korea experts. Trump has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

The United States and Vietnam normalized ties in 1995, decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam is also often lauded as an economic success story that North Korea could emulate.

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Seoul officials said the summit would likely center on dismantling the North's main Yongbyon nuclear complex and how this would be reciprocated, although the United States remains reluctant to provide any sanctions relief.

But our correspondent says the U.S. president's latest references to Iran and the need to protect Israel point to a very different set of priorities, which is causing unease in Baghdad.

"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace", he said. "It is a very significant process", she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the Solomon Islands, where she was visiting.

Declaring an end to the Korean war and starting multilateral negotiations would aid the creation of a peace regime, while promoting humanitarian assistance and repatriating the remains of United States soldiers killed in the Korean war would aid trust building, it said.

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