Friday, April 20, 2018

US Envoy: Trump Intent on Bringing Home Americans Held in N. Korea

Nike Ching, Voice of America

Image from article, with caption: People watch a television news screen showing pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 29, 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump has "made a very firm commitment to work as hard as possible to try to return" American detainees and Japanese abductees from North Korea, said William Hagerty, the U.S. ambassador to Japan. ...
Earlier this month, the Trump administration was said to be looking into incentives for North Korea, including the consideration of establishing a U.S. liaison office in Pyongyang, if the North were to take concrete actions toward denuclearization, according to media reports quoting South Korean government sources.
"We are aware of these reports. I cannot go into details regarding internal U.S. government preparations, but a comprehensive, whole-of-government effort in support of the president is under way," said Katina Adams, spokeswoman for the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

"We will do things differently; now is the time for bold action and concrete steps toward denuclearization. In the meantime, the global maximum pressure campaign will continue until North Korea denuclearizes," Adams told VOA, adding that the U.S. was committed to having close coordination with South Korea and Japan on a unified response to North Korea.

When asked about the veracity of the reports about a liaison office, Heather Nauert, acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and public affairs, said recently, ​"I've seen those reports. I highly doubt that that is something that we would do." ...

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