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Offbeat Trump's Nobel Prize talk may have been a bit hasty, North Korea makes clear

05:10  17 may  2018
05:10  17 may  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Mr. Trump has also been eager to take credit for Mr. Kim’s shift in behavior as the inter- Korean summit has fanned speculation that he could receive the No matter what the likelihood is for Mr. Trump ’ s getting a Nobel , his public image among South Koreans has been improving markedly as the mood

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump smiled broadly last week when a reporter asked whether he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear arms.

"Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it," the president said, adding, "The prize I want is victory for the world."

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Trump was asked about Nobel prospects during a White House event Tuesday. He replied only that it was gracious of Moon to have suggested him as a Trump ’ s meeting is planned for late May or early June. Moon came to office last year with a platform of seeking better ties with North Korea while

President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea diplomacy. The stunning moves towards peace on the Korean Peninsula have generated the Nobel buzz. Trump also made clear the potential consequences of not moving towards peace. Last year saw a series of threats and

Modesty real or feigned aside, for weeks Trump has been clear that he views the scheduled June 12 summit with Kim as potentially a crowning moment - both a validation of his disruptive, idiosyncratic approach to world affairs and a rejoinder to the investigations and controversies that engulf his presidency.

Word of North Korea's threat late Tuesday to cancel the summit has cooled some of that heady talk, leaving the president and his spokeswoman sounding publicly ambivalent Wednesday about whether the meeting comes off at all.

Kim's government said it would call off the meeting "if the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment."

Its statement cited comments by Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, that compared the administration's strategy with North Korea to the George W. Bush administration's policy toward Libya, which agreed to give up a more primitive nuclear program in 2003. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was toppled and executed by Western-backed rebels a few years later, serving as a cautionary tale to Kim.

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An official in North Korea , however, said Trump administration claims that sanctions and political pressure from Washington were what led to Despite the spotty success of past talks , the Trump administration already is garnering praise from some corners for the pursuit of a Korean peace deal.

Trump remained publicly sanguine. "We'll see what happens," he told reporters at the White House on Wednesday, adding that he had not heard anything official from North Korea.

Experts on North Korea say that the latest setback, even if it proves to be a mere speed bump, should serve as a reminder that achieving any deal with North Korea will not come without obstacles, false starts and repeated tests from an unpredictable government known to toy with its foes.

Some warn that Trump's exuberance for striking the ultimate deal already has given Kim added leverage.

"Kim assumes rightly that Trump is more eager than he for a meeting," said Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korean studies professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts. "I would say Kim has Trump on a short leash right now."

Administration officials have insisted since March, when Trump abruptly agreed to a summit, that they are viewing Kim's overtures with deep skepticism.

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Mr. Trump was eager enough, however, that once he said yes, they discussed a meeting as early as next month. The South Koreans suggested it would be Not only did Mr. Trump surprise the South Koreans by accepting immediately, he even suggested that they make the public announcement right

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"We don't want to get too carried away with optimism," a senior official said in an interview last month. Trump "will walk if he smells the North Koreans using their musty old playbook."

Indeed, the president has said more than once that he would walk away from the negotiating table if things were not going well. He has stuck to a demand that North Korea will not accept, in the view of many experts: its complete denuclearization. To Kim and his government, its nuclear arsenal is crucial not only to the nation's power but to its continued existence.

It's unclear whether Kim would accept something short of unilateral disarmament - or whether Trump would. But North Korea has put the question front and center, after days in which Trump's optimistic pronouncements had obscured the two leaders' fundamental divide.

Trump's celebratory mood over a potential breakthrough with North Korea has been a sharp departure from his prior taunts of Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and his threats to Pyongyang of "fire and fury like the world has never seen."

Earlier this month Trump talked excitedly about holding the summit in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea because "if things work out, there's a great celebration to be had on the site." His advisers, who recognize that even a successful summit would not yield the immediate results Trump envisioned, prevailed on him to meet instead in Singapore, a neutral city-state in southeast Asia.

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Trump views the scheduled summit with North Korea ' s Kim Jong Un as a crowning moment — a validation of his approach to world affairs and a counter to the controversies that engulf his presidency. Pyongyang’ s threat on Wednesday to cancel the summit

Trump ’ s predecessor, Barack Obama, won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize just months into his presidency, an award many thought was premature, given Trump on Monday suggested his planned meeting with Kim take place at the Peace House on the border between North and South Korea .

Last week, when Trump greeted three Americans released from Kim's prisons, he raved that the North Korean dictator "was really excellent to the men." During a rally in Indiana that night he waxed about what more would be achieved - "a great deal for the world, for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China."

Trump also used the rally to defend his impulsive approach to foreign policy, and to criticize American reporters, telling the crowd to recall "the fake news, when they were saying, 'He's going to get us into a nuclear war.'"

"You know what gets you into nuclear wars and you know what gets you into other wars?" Trump said. "Weakness."

On Saturday, Trump used Twitter to praise North Korea's announcement that it would dismantle a nuclear test site, calling it "a very smart and gracious gesture!"

Analysts, while recognizing the symbolic importance of the announcement by Kim's government, were less impressed with the substance. North Korea had already promised last month to dismantle the site, one of many, when he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump's optimism suits another purpose. He and his allies have invoked his high-stakes negotiations with North Korea - and what they saw as the prospects for a major achievement - as a shield against his domestic problems, especially the special counsel's investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election and whether he sought to obstruct the investigation.

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Should Donald Trump win the Nobel peace prize ? “How much is Trump responsible for that? Maybe a little bit , it’ s very hard to tell. One of his potentially great qualities is his ability to keep the other side off balance,” journalist and Lowy Institute senior fellow Richard McGregor said.

Trump is preparing for his own summit with Kim, which he said would take place in the next three to four weeks. That upcoming meeting was the main The White House said Trump and Moon had "emphasized that a peaceful and prosperous future for North Korea is contingent upon its complete

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)," Trump tweeted this month. "What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!"

Trump's quick agreement in March to accept Kim's invitation to meet face to face surprised many world leaders and security experts, not only because Trump warned for his first year in office that diplomacy with Kim was a waste of time but also because Trump did not seem to have demanded concessions before sitting down with him.

"Since then, it's been Kim calling the shots for the show," said Lee, the Korean studies scholar at Tufts.

Lee called Kim's subsequent promises to freeze nuclear and missile tests a trap, designed to win North Korea the legitimacy it has long craved without giving anything up in the long term.

"It's a bit like an outlaw, a notorious criminal, telling the world, 'I'm not going to commit crimes for the time being,' and then being wined and dined by world leaders," he said.

Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he does not believe Trump has lost leverage with Kim through his exuberance, "but he has made allies like Japan very nervous about how much he might give away" in negotiations.

Dean Cheng, senior research fellow for Chinese political and security affairs at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Trump is hardly the only one excited by North Korea's "smile diplomacy" - from its participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, through the recent series of negotiations with South Korea and the release of the three Americans.

"A lot of people were caught up in this, 'Wow, things could be really different,'" Cheng said. "Everyone would be well served taking a step back."

He added, referring to the suspected chemical attack that killed Kim's half-brother in Malaysia last year, "You are still dealing with Kim Jong Un, the man who authorized the killing of his brother at Kuala Lumpur airport."

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South Korean president met N.Korea's Kim Jong Un Saturday-Seoul .
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to discuss Kim's possible upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South said, the second inter-Korean summit in as many months. Moon and Kim met just north of the heavily militarized border in the afternoon to exchange views to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States, South Korea's presidential office said.Moon will announce the outcome of his two-hour meeting with Kim on Sunday morning, officials aid.

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