John Lewis, Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo discussed on Morning Edition

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Gonna keep trying npr's anthony kuhn reports from beijing at routine press briefing foreign ministry spokesman liu cong noted that both washington and pyongyang or leaving options open to go ahead with the summit when feet on sue on tommy sompong we strongly hope that north korea and the us will cherish the recent positive progress he said stay patient demonstrate goodwill and stay committed to a nuclearfree korean peninsula lou added that china's position in favor of negotiations and nuclear disarmament hasn't wavered for years john who shanghai based independent analyst says china's bottom line that it doesn't want war or instability on its doorstep remains unchanged and he says despite president trump's pull out things still look better than late last year when washington and pyongyang exchanging military threats given the two sides long history of mistrust he adds the pullout his hardly surprising utah which although this is a big setback after several rounds of diplomatic progress he says the positive results of all that diplomacy are still there one such result is direct diplomacy between pyongyang and washington secretary of state mike pompeo has now been deploying young twice president trump remarked though that north korean leader kim jong lynn seemed to turn hostile only after he had met with his chinese counterpart xi jinping john lewis sees this as a bargaining tactic and a move by trump to drive a wedge between beijing and pyongyang hydrocongo for sure i think this is a tactic designed to put pressure on china uh says to help the us with sanctions on and negotiations with north korea john adds that the past three months of diplomacy of paid off for both the us and north korea the us got three detained americans back and the north demolished its only nuclear test site kim jong un meanwhile scored some public relations points by showing off his moves as a diplomat and statesman these items jao argues were just the low hanging fruit the goal of a nuclearfree korean peninsula remains just as it was before a remote possibility anthony kuhn npr news beijing.

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