Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Korea President: Trump and I Have Common Goal


"The North continues provocative military actions such as launching a ballistic missile", South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told war veterans and government officials at a ceremony in the capital, Seoul.

The North has pledged to also develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. And the State Department now has limited knowledge of the number of Americans in North Korea, he says.

Calls, and expectations, have been rising from both in Seoul and Washington that Moon and Trump should come out of their first summit with a concrete agreement on the THAAD deployment schedule, agreed by their predecessors and now facing uncertainty under new leaders.

Right now, with two THAAD batteries in place, the North Koreans could do the simple arithmetic and decide to attack with more missiles than the 16 we have, overwhelming the deployed batteries. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service.

Mr. Trump should thus make it clear to Mr. Moon that if he bargains THAAD away in an effort to appease the North Koreans or Chinese, we will reduce the number of American troops in South Korea, perhaps drastically, to prevent them from falling victim to North Korean aggression.

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For Moon, analysts say pursuing such an approach has been made more complicated by last week's death of American student Otto Warmbier, who had been jailed by the North.

Emotions are running high in America after U.S. student Otto Warmbier died last week, just days after being released in a coma from detention in North Korea.

Through statements on KCNA, North Korea said it dealt with him according to its domestic laws and worldwide standards.

Congress is now preparing legislation to ban American travel to North Korea.

Due to the secretive nature of all of North Korea's military activity, it is hard for experts to assess how close the country is to building a reliable ICBM.

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"There are some areas to play with", Fitzpatrick believes, "if talks would ever ensue".

The US, South Korea and Japan are ramping up capabilities to defend against the threat from North Korea.

President Trump has also been tweeting his disappointment that China has not been helping out more to deal with the North Korea.

Stressing that a full range of multilateral sanctions are needed to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations, the senators called for a swift and full deployment of THAAD on the Korean Peninsula.

Beijing has been pressuring South Korean businesses operating in China following the increased cooperation between the United States and South Korea on THAAD, which was deployed in April, before the inauguration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Greg Palkot now serves as a London-based senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC).

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