South Korea's Moon calls for quick resumption of nuclear talks

Posted March 05, 2019

"He's not desperate for a deal - not with North Korea, not with anybody if it's contrary to American national interests", Bolton told Fox News Sunday.

Bolton said Trump had been clear that Warmbier's death was "barbaric and unacceptable", although Schiff countered that the president's "obsequious comments" had compounded the summit's failure.

Earlier in the interview with CNN, Rogers also took issue with Trump's insistence that the House Oversight and Reform Committee's decision to schedule a hearing with his former lawyer Michael Cohen had interfered with the worldwide summit.

Bolton said the leaders left on good terms and that Trump made an important point to North Korea and other countries that negotiate with him. "I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected".

"Sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times", Trump said on Thursday, adding that he would "rather do it right than do it fast".

Rogers then blamed Trump for setting up Kim Jong-un as an global player, which he viewed as very risky.

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier said President Donald Trump's claim that his former lawyer was to blame for scuttling his North Korea summit was a "stretch" on Monday. "Dismantling of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which is the foundation of North Korea's nuclear facilities, verified and observed by the USA, is within sight", Moon said.

At the meeting in Seoul's presidential palace, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the proposed talks, which could include civilian experts from the US and South Korea, would help settle differences over how much sanctions relief Washington should provide North Korea in exchange for nuclear disarmament steps.

"So the president held firm to his view".

During the CBS interview, Bolton also headed off potential criticism that earlier diplomatic groundwork prior to the summit was supposed to negate the possibility of both sides walking away from the meetings without a deal.

Moon went on to stress the importance of the role Seoul has in US-North Korea dialogue, asking concerned ministries to seek ways to aid talks on all levels between the two countries.

It is not necessarily true that the North Korean summit was a failure, however; for the North Koreans, it appears to have again been a rousing, if inexplicable, success.

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Bolton was touring the Sunday political shows the morning after the US and South Korea announced an end to key annual large-scale military exercises.

"What he's trying to convey is that he's got a hard line to walk to negotiate with Kim Jong Un", Bolton said on "Fox News Sunday", arguing that Trump's statement did not necessarily mean that he believed what Kim was saying.

House Democrats arranged for Cohen to testify before an oversight committee.

"The reason I do not want military drills with South Korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the USA for which we are not reimbursed", Trump tweeted Sunday.

Some analysts say the conversion to smaller exercises and simulations will weaken the allies' military readiness when North Korea has yet to take real steps toward disarmament. I give my advice to the president.

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