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White House hails Kim Jong Un’s Beijing visit

Posted March. 30, 2018 08:04,   

Updated March. 30, 2018 08:04


On North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s Beijing visit earlier this week, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters during a press briefing Wednesday, “Certainly, we’re going to be cautiously optimistic.”

This was the answer to the question “On North Korea, how would you characterize the administration’s mood because, one the one hand, the President’s tweets almost sound optimistic.” “We feel things are moving in the right direction and that the meeting yesterday was a good indication that the maximum pressure campaign has been working,” Sanders added. To the question, “By the end of May, by the way? We were talking about May. Is that still sort of the goa, right?” Sanders answered, “The meeting between Trump and Kim is something of global importance and we want to make sure that it’s done as soon as we can, but we also want to make sure it’s done properly.”

U.S. President Donald Trump also pronounced through twitter on that day, saying, “In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!”

According to Radio Free Asia, the Office of the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of States repeatedly emphasized the role of China in relation to concerns over China alleviating its sanctions against North Korea, saying that Washington expects that Beijing will exercise a matchless influence to have Pyongyang engage in a negotiation that is trustworthy enough for the way to denuclearization.

Yong Park parky@donga.com