Trump sets up meeting with North Korean leader[/rtl]
[rtl]Release Date: 2018/4/18 8:31 • 149 times read[/rtl]
US President Donald Trump announced that US officials were in direct talks with others from North Korea in preparation for a summit between the two sides.
"There were direct talks at very high levels," he said, adding that five places were proposed for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump made the remarks while hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida.
Abe praised the "courage" of the US president for agreeing to meet with the leader of North Korea.
There were fears in Tokyo that Trump's plans for bilateral talks would marginalize Japan, a close ally of the United States and North Korea's neighbor.
Trump surprised the international community last month when he accepted Pyongyang's proposal for direct talks.
It would be unprecedented to meet a US president still in office with a North Korean leader.
Trump said the summit would be held either in early June or "a little earlier."
North Korea has been suffering from international isolation for decades because of its record of human rights and its nuclear program.
North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests and has missiles capable of reaching the United States.
But South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games earlier this year opened an unexpected window of diplomacy.
Trump stressed Tuesday that the United States and South Korea "are very united on the issue of North Korea."
But observers say the purpose of my father's visit to Washington is to try to persuade the US president not to deviate from the stern international stance of Pyongyang.
As long as the Japanese prime minister is keen to give the impression of a friendly personal relationship between him and Trump, he was the first foreign leader to meet him in New York after taking office.
My father seeks Trump exemptions on steel and aluminum imports, but Trump is unhappy with Japan's business behavior and is expected to press for concessions.
Trump's "America First" management policy led to Washington's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
But Trump hinted last week that he might back down in his decision on the deal