“This is a lot of fun.
It’s a lot more interesting than it used to be.”
―John Barron, New York Post, November 17, 2019, quoted by Robert D. Johnson, The Washington Post article “You’ve got a lot going on, but it’s not as interesting as it used the days of yore.”
―J.J. Abrams, Star Trek: Discovery, episode 9.03, “Broken Bow” source ABC News title Trump to meet with leaders of North Korea at State Department’s request article President Donald Trump will meet Friday with leaders from North Korea, including Kim Jong Un, the White House said, in a request for the U.S. to help prevent a nuclear arms race.
The announcement comes amid a global scramble for diplomatic solutions to the crisis that has sent tension spiraling to the brink of nuclear war.
North Korea has launched several missiles into the Sea of Japan, and a United Nations Security Council resolution would impose tougher sanctions.
The U.N. Security Council is due to meet Thursday to discuss a resolution to impose new sanctions on North Korea.
Trump’s team said the president would also hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The president and his advisers have stressed that the U.”s commitment to prevent a possible nuclear arms conflict is unwavering and will not waver.
A meeting with Moon and Abe comes at a critical moment for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which is a top priority for the Trump administration.
The North’s leader is a longtime critic of U. S. leadership and the Trump White House has long sought to bolster the country’s economy by selling oil and other commodities in return for help securing its nuclear deterrent.
Moon has expressed concern that North Korea could use the meeting to test the U,” but he is also under pressure from the Trump-led Congress to act to limit the North’s nuclear arsenal.
A White House statement said the meeting would “help ensure that North Korean leaders understand that the United States stands firmly behind their nuclear program and that the current U. N. Security council resolution does not threaten the security of the entire world.”
resolution is designed to impose a moratorium on the North Korean nuclear program that has been blocked by the Trump Administration, but the Trump team has been pressing North Korea to lift its nuclear program in exchange for aid and a lift of economic sanctions.
Trump and Moon have both said they would not sign the resolution unless it is fully lifted and that they intend to take “whatever steps are necessary” to do so.
Trump on Friday praised the meeting, saying, “The meeting was very productive.
I have a lot to say.
I had a lot on my mind.”
Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement that Trump had been “very pleased with the strong, candid and constructive discussion.”
The meeting with North Korea is a sign that the Trump campaign is now working with leaders on a diplomatic solution, the spokesman said.
“While it may be difficult to understand, North Korea poses a threat to regional and global security and our foreign policy interests,” Spicer said.
The White House also said the President is “deeply committed to working with our allies to prevent and deter the North Koreans from continuing to threaten the world and undermine U.s. security interests.”