Kim Jung-un’s reported concessions start adding up

Kim Jung-un’s reported concessions start adding up

By Luke Vargas   
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South Koream National Security AdvisorChung Eui-yong briefs the American media on March 8, 2018. Courtesy: Government of the Republic of Korea
South Koream National Security AdvisorChung Eui-yong briefs the American media on March 8, 2018. Courtesy: Government of the Republic of Korea

According to South Korean envoys who recently met with the North Korean dictator, Kim is open to the U.S. and South Korea continuing joint military drills.

President Trump has agreed to meet North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung-Un face-to-face, accepting an offer passed along by South Korean envoys who recently visited with Kim himself.

It’s unclear where the meeting will occur, though it’s unlikely that North Korea’s typically reclusive leader will travel far from home. No U.S. president has ever visited North Korea.

If you already thought the pace of developments was hard to keep up with, consider that South Korea’s National Security Advisor, Chung Eui-yong, dropped in an additional bombshell during remarks to the press outside the White House on Thursday.

Not only is Kim Jung-un reportedly open to eventually giving up his country’s nuclear program, he’s no longer insisting that the U.S. military leave the Korean Peninsula or even stop joint drills with South Korea:

“He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue.”

North Korea and it’s on-again off-again ally China had long insisted that in order to freeze the North’s nuclear activity the U.S. and South Korea would need to freeze their military drills.

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And at least 21 people in the U.K. have now sought medical attention after being exposed to chemical nerve agents in what’s believed to have been an attempted assassination of a former Russian spy.

British police are still trying to trace the origin of the chemical weapons used against Sergei Skripal.

Parliamentarians in London are now calling for police to re-open the investigations into 14 suspicious deaths of Russians across the U.K. in recent years that U.S. authorities believe could be linked back to the Russian government.

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