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Trump says meeting with DPRK’s Kim may be postponed

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

 

FILE PHOTO: (L-R) American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (via REUTERS)

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his scheduled meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un may be postponed.

It may not work out for June 12, Trump told reporters at the White House together with visiting President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in, referring to the date of his planned meeting with Kim.

If it doesn’t happen now maybe it will happen at another time, he added.

However, Moon released a different message on the same day, saying that he will make every effort to help bring about the summit as scheduled, and contribute to permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the United States is still preparing for the summit and will take all measures to make it successful.

The United States will provide economic aid for the DPRK if it gives up its nuclear program, he added.

Trump stressed that the United States will guarantee the safety of the DPRK leaders if it abandons its nuclear weapons.

When asked about his attitude towards unification of the Korean Peninsula, he said that he will not oppose it when the time is ripe.

The DPRK warned last week that it would have to reconsider whether to attend the summit in Singapore if the United States only wants to press the DPRK to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang suspended inter-Korean talks last Wednesday to protest a large-scale U.S.-ROK air drill and urged the ROK to stop its joint military drills with the United States. — Reuters

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Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

 

 

U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Leah Millis

U.S. President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday (July 17) to calm a storm over his failure to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, saying he misspoke in a joint news conference in Helsinki on Monday.

Trump stunned the world by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow’s actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on U.S. intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some U.S. lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

“I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,'” Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin. “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.'”

Trump, who had been given numerous opportunities to publicly rebuke Putin in Helsinki, praised the Russian leader during the news conference for his “strong and powerful” denial of the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election.

Although he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two nuclear powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.

The political firestorm over his performance at the Helsinki news conference has engulfed the administration and spread to his fellow Republicans, eclipsing most of the frequent controversies that have erupted during Trump’s turbulent 18 months in office. -Reuters

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For Putin, Helsinki talks with Trump a win before he even sits down

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

For U.S. President Donald Trump, a summit with Vladimir Putin risks a political backlash at home and abroad. For the Russian president, however, the fact the summit is even happening is already a big geopolitical win.

Despite Russia’s semi-pariah status among some Americans and U.S. allies, the Kremlin has long been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downward spiral in bilateral ties.

While nobody on either side expects big breakthroughs, including on U.S. sanctions, the summit is seen by Moscow as U.S. recognition of Russia’s status as a great power and an overdue U.S. realization that its interests must be taken into account.

It communicates that the “President of the United States is treating us with the respect that we deserve,” said David Szakonyi, a professor of political science at George Washington University.

“Even if no other type of agreements come out of it…just that handshake and that smile and that respect gives him (Putin) huge dividends, huge benefits for the many audiences that he plays to,” Szakonyi said.

Western grievances over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its backing of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and its support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad haven’t gone away. Other accusations, denied by Moscow, include that it meddled in U.S. and European politics, supplied the weapon that shot down a passenger plane in 2014 over Ukraine and tried to kill a former Russian spy in Britain with a nerve agent.

Expectations are high in Russia that Putin, with more than 18 years of global experience, will have the edge on Trump, who had not held elected office before he was inaugurated last year. The two men have met twice before at other events and spoken by phone at least eight times. -Reuters

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Trump says he will run for re-election, had Brexit chat with Queen Elizabeth

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump leave the U.S. ambassador’s residence, Winfield House, in London, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a TV interview he intends to run for re-election in 2020 because “everybody wants me to” and there are no Democratic candidates who could defeat him.

Asked by British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview given on Friday (July 14) whether he was going to run in 2020, Trump said: “Well I fully intend to. It seems like everybody wants me to.”

Trump said he did not see any Democrat who could beat him.

Before leaving Britain for a summit in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump breached British royal protocol by publicly disclosing the details of a conversation he had with Queen Elizabeth about the complexities of Brexit when they met for tea at Windsor Castle on Friday.

During an uproarious trip to Europe, Trump has harangued members of the NATO military alliance, scolded Germany for its dependence on Russian energy, and shocked Britain by publicly criticising Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

Trump later apologised to May for the furore over his withering public critique, blaming “fake news” and promising instead a bilateral trade agreement with Britain after it leaves the European Union in March 2019.

Of his upcoming meeting with Putin on Monday (July 16), Trump was more guarded saying it’s “too early to say” whether they are “friends or enemies”. -Reuters

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