Beijing, Kim Jong Un, John Lewis discussed on Morning Edition


China is responding today to president trump's decision to pull out of the first ever presidential summit between the us and north korea china's been pushing the two countries for years to hold direct talks today and insisted that it's going to keep trying npr's anthony kuhn reports from beijing at a routine press briefing foreign ministry spokesman liu cong noted that both washington in pyongyang or leaving options open to go ahead with the summit when fees on me song 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 would shanghaibased independent analyst says china's bottom line that it doesn't want war or instability on his 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 is hardly surprising clone 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 deployed 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 siege in pm john lewis sees this as a bargaining tactic in a move by trump to drive a wedge between beijing and pyongyang clue oh for sure i think this is a tactic designed to put pressure on china to help the us with sanctions on and negotiations with north korea john adds to 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 john 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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