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As North and South Korea Begin to Talk, Trump Watches From Sidelines

Above all, the officials said, the Trump administration will resist efforts by the North to drive a wedge between the United States and its ally. North Korea, they said, has a long history of using such overtures to sow dissent between South Korea and the United States, particularly at times, like now, when the countries have governments with divergent politics.The White House also reiterated that Mr. Trump would continue to defy Mr. Kim, regardless of any diplomacy underway. The press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended the president’s Twitter message late Tuesday about Mr […]

News Analysis: Kim Jong-un’s Overture Could Drive a Wedge Between South Korea and the U.S.

“We have already expressed our willingness to engage in a dialogue with North Korea at any time, in any place and in any format, as long as both sides can discuss restoring their relations and peace on the Korean Peninsula,” said a presidential spokesman, Park Soo-hyun.The statement emphasized the roles of the two Koreas in resolving the nuclear crisis. President Trump, in contrast, has pursued a tougher approach, saying there can be no talks without signs that the North is giving up its nuclear and missile testing, and without an understanding that the ultimate goal of any negotiations is a complete, verifiable dismantlement of the North’s nuclear capability.“The timing of this overture, combined with his newly declared capability to strike the United States, is shifting the calculus,’’ said Robert Litwak, the author of “Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout,’’ and a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. […]

North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned for a military buildup against the threat from the North, and Japan sits on a stockpile of nuclear material that could power an arsenal of 6,000 weapons. Last Sunday, he won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, fueling his hopes of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution.This brutal calculus over how to respond to North Korea is taking place in a region where several nations have the material, the technology, the expertise and the money to produce nuclear weapons.Beyond South Korea and Japan, there is already talk in Australia, Myanmar, Taiwan and Vietnam about whether it makes sense to remain nuclear-free if others arm themselves — heightening fears that North Korea could set off a chain reaction in which one nation after another feels threatened and builds the bomb.In a recent interview, Henry A. Kissinger, one of the few nuclear strategists from the early days of the Cold War still living, said he had little doubt where things were headed.“If they continue to have nuclear weapons,” he said of North Korea, “nuclear weapons must spread in the rest of Asia.”“It cannot be that North Korea is the only Korean country in the world that has nuclear weapons, without the South Koreans trying to match it. Nor can it be that Japan will sit there,” he added. “So therefore we’re talking about nuclear proliferation.”PhotoThe launch of a Hwasong-12 missile by North Korea in September.Credit Korean Central News AgencySuch fears have been raised before, in Asia and elsewhere, without materializing, and the global consensus against the spread of nuclear weapons is arguably stronger than ever.Continue reading the main storyBut North Korea is testing America’s nuclear umbrella — its commitment to defend its allies with nuclear weapons if necessary — in a way no nation has in decades. Similar fears of abandonment in the face of the Soviet Union’s growing arsenal helped lead Britain and France to go nuclear in the 1950s.President Trump, who leaves Nov. 3 for a visit to Asia, has intensified these insecurities in the region. […]

Op-Ed Columnist: Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting

So is it time for another Carter diplomatic mission, and would he do it for Trump, his polar opposite in so many ways?“I would go, yes,” he said, wearing a big “JC” belt buckle and sipping coffee in his ranch house, which is chockablock with Carter family paintings and with furniture he made himself, including his four-poster bed. Rosalynn sits nearby, chiming in slyly at moments.I told him that the big shots in Washington were terrified about the childish, bellicose tit-for-tat tweeting battle between the Dotard and Little Rocket Man.“I’m afraid, too, of a situation,” he said. “I don’t know what they’ll do. […]

Kim Jong-un Called Trump a ‘Dotard.’ How Harsh Is That Burn?

And Herman Melville used it in a poem about a shark. […]

Kim’s Rejoinder to Trump’s Rocket Man: ‘Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard’

Mr. Kim’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, who arrived in New York on Wednesday to attend the General Assembly, also called Mr. Trump “a dog barking.”Asked by reporters in New York what Mr. Kim might have meant by the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure,” Mr […]

North Korea Threats Will Boost Tourism, Trump Tells Guam Governor

figure.prepend(style); }); }); “It just looks like a beautiful place,” Mr. Trump said. Mr. Trump had threatened to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea for any provocation. […]