Trump administration officials say there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nationâs leaders beyond the Northâs promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights, or publicly criticise U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
The officials are talking about this past weekâs announcement that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the Northâs Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) by May.
Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah says on ABCâs âThis Weekâ that North Korea also must refrain from public criticism of the military exercises that are expected to be held in April. There has been no official announcement of dates.
In the meantime, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says the diplomatic push to solve the North Korean nuclear weapons crisis is at such a delicate stage that he wonât publicly discuss the talks or related issues such as U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
Heâs referring to the announcement that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Koreaâs Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon) by May.
Mattis tells reporters travelling with him to the Middle East that thereâs a high potential for misunderstanding public remarks about issues linked to the diplomatic manoeuvring.
The Pentagon chief wonât discuss the timing and scale of annual U.S.-South Korean military manoeuvres that were postponed during the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea. Those exercises are expected to be held in April, but no official announcement has been made.