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PN's Voice 130, 15.03.2018
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PN's Voice No. 130, 15. 03. 2018
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Tillerson Sacked; Seoul Says No Affect US-NK Summit
South Korea’s presidential office says the dismissal of U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson will not affect the upcoming inter-Korean summit or U.S.-North Korea summit. The dovish Tillerson was replaced by the more hawkish Mike Pompeo, who was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A key presidential official relayed the top office’s stance through a telephone interview with Yonhap News on Wednesday. The official said that firing Tillerson may be part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to implement his policy as he sees fit, adding that what is important is Trump’s firm will to talk with the North. Another presidential official told Yonhap that regardless of Tillerson’s departure, the Seoul-Washington alliance will emain solid based on mutual trust between Moon and Trump.
Source : KBS News
NK Tones Down US Criticism Before Talks
North Korea is toning down its provocative and aggressive rhetoric against the United States, in an apparent move to evade unnecessary backfire before their scheduled leadership summit in May. The Rodong Sinmun, the regime's mouthpiece, described U.S. President Donald Trump, Tuesday, as the country's "leader," which the North has rarely done. Pyongyang has so far called him a "dotard" or "mad dog" due to his strong anti-North stance.
In an article, titled "U.S. triggers trade war," the newspaper delivered a story about Trump's recent decision to impose harsher tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Unlike in the past, however, the regime focused on sending only "information" on the issue, with no tirades against Trump and the U.S. The regime's low-key posture comes in line with the ongoing "peace mood" between Washington and Pyongyang. Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a message offering dialogue with his U.S. counterpart, and both sides agreed to go ahead with the summit sometime no later than May.
Source : The Korea Times
Trump: No NK Missile Tests 'in the Meantime'
US President Donald Trump says North Korea has agreed not to conduct missile tests “in the meantime”. He said; “They promised they wouldn’t be shooting off missiles in the meantime. And they’re looking to denuke.” He was in confident mood declaring he was sure the upcoming talks with North Korea would go well and would yield “something special”. Click the link below to watch a video with Trump’s full briefing.
Source : The Korea Times
Americans Divided over US-NK Meeting
US voters are divided over whether U.S. President Donald Trump should meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without concrete steps to dismantle the regime's nuclear weapons program, a survey showed on Wednesday. The poll by Politico and Morning Consult was conducted after Trump agreed to meet with Kim to discuss the North's denuclearization. Trump has said he will hold the summit before the end of May, which would make him the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a North Korean leader.
Forty-one percent of those surveyed said the two leaders should meet without preconditions, compared to 36 percent who said they should meet only if Kim makes prior concessions on his nuclear program. The survey was conducted on 1,992 registered voters from Friday to Sunday. The announcement on the summit was made Thursday. In a separate joint survey of 1,997 registered voters from Thursday to Monday, 45 percent said they have "some" to "a lot of" confidence in Trump to handle the North Korea problem. That was followed by 16 percent who didn't have much confidence and 31 percent who expressed "no confidence at all."
Source : Yonhap News
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