A few unusual developments have come out of North Korea this weekend...
North Korea's foreign trade, more than 90 percent of which passes through China, has taken a major hit since Beijing agreed to increasingly harsh U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed at pressuring the North into ceasing its nuclear and missile tests and rejoining denuclearization talks. President XI told me he appreciates that the U.S.is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going with the ominous alternative.
The "pressure campaign" that Pompeo is referring to is the US -led effort to place crippling sanctions on North Korea, which do appear to have had a significant impact on the hermit kingdom's economic health.
North Korea's state media have lauded the thaw in relations with South Korea.
"In order to bring forth meaningful results from North Korea at these summits, our three countries will take every opportunity to closely coordinate with each other, including Prime Minister Abe's visit to the United States early next month", Kono said.
"I think North Korea needs time to organize their position and is being careful and cautious in approaching regarding the summit", said Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyn. Mr Pompeo said U.S. military exercises in the region would continue in the lead-up to the talks.
On Saturday, a unofficial pro-North Korea paper based in Japan had reported on the inter-Korean summit slated for late April, as well as talks with Washington, but later scrapped the article. "By the way, neither would [former President George W.] Bush or [former President Bill] Clinton", Trump said.
Last week, Donald Trump decided, on a whim, to accept Kim Jong-un's invitation to come by for some "nuclear talks and chill".
He also boasted that his reducing the North Korean nuclear threat helped save the Winter Olympics that were held last month in South Korea.
Signing a peace treaty would require addressing issues regarding the US military's presence in South Korea and its transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea and United Nations forces there, Koh said.
"While we can't say whether Kim's offer is genuine, we can say that this historic meeting would not have been possible without the worldwide community's participation in the maximum pressure campaign, initiated by the Trump Administration, and a commitment to holding North Korea accountable through three strong United Nations sanctions resolutions in 2017, she said". It would likely be compared to former President Barack Obama's decision to kill or captured Osama Bin Laden, he said. His report includes information provided by Lee Yoon-jee. George Grow was the editor.