China congratulates North Korea's Kim on reducing tensions

Glen Norman
May 4, 2018

The president reportedly said this week that the location and date of the upcoming summit may be announced soon.

The directive has rattled officials at the Pentagon and other agencies, who worry that any reduction could weaken the US alliance with South Korea and raise fears in neighboring Japan at a time the United States is embarking on a risky nuclear negotiation with the North.

One of Wang's jobs was to try to stop Kim from veering towards the USA under President Trump, some Chinese experts said.

Ripley identified the three men as Kim Dong Chol, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk (who is also known as Tony Kim).

The U.S. military presence in South Korea - considered a "tripwire" against North Korean aggression - has been the cornerstone of the alliance between the two countries since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

Even as Washington presses for the release of the three American prisoners, the parents of a U.S. college student who died previous year soon after being release from captivity in North Korea have sued Pyongyang over their son's death, saying Otto Warmbier was "brutally tortured and murdered". However, she added, "The welfare and safety of US citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State".

Kelly Magsamen, a top Asia policy official at the Pentagon during the Obama administration, said, "U.S. presence in South Korea is a sacrosanct part of our alliance".

Kim Hak Tune, 55, additionally labored at Pyongyang College of Science and Expertise earlier than his detention on Could 6, 2017.

"Moon and Kim did not just make high-level commitments; they also laid out specific timetables for implementing them and took concrete steps that will have immediate effects in facilitating cooperation and preventing conflict, ' Moon wrote".

The third detainee, 60-something Kim Dong Chul, of Fairfax, Va., was sentenced to 10 years in prison and hard labor in April 2016.

China grudgingly went along with Washington's demand a year ago that it support United Nations sanctions meant to deny the North of critical foreign currency.

Tony Kim's family told Reuters, through a spokesman, that they were hopeful but had not heard anything from Kim since last June. Ashley Thompson was the editor. "We will always side with you'".

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