US urged to show more con­sis­tency, com­mit­ment

In an­other re­ver­sal, Trump says Kim meet­ing pos­si­ble

Global Times - Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Li Ruo­han

The US should show more sin­cer­ity and con­sis­tency in its for­eign pol­icy and avoid fool­ing around with in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety, Chi­nese ex­perts warned Fri­day af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said his meet­ing with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still go ahead, one day af­ter he can­celed the highly an­tic­i­pated event.

Trump said Fri­day it was pos­si­ble a planned sum­mit with Kim could still take place on June 12 as orig­i­nally planned, Reuters re­ported. The an­nounce­ment comes one day af­ter he wrote to Kim that it would be “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” to hold the planned sum­mit, cit­ing the “tremen­dous anger and open hos­til­ity” shown in North Korea’s re­cent state­ments.

Af­ter voic­ing sur­prise and re­gret, North Korea said that it is ready to sit down with the US any time in any man­ner for talks to solve their ex­ist­ing prob­lems.

“It’s still too early to say whether the Trump-Kim meet­ing will hap­pen on June 12. But can­cel­ing the sum­mit will bring the US no good,” Lü Chao, a re­search fel­low at the Liaon­ing Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

Trump’s re­ver­sals show his ad­min­is­tra­tion is hugely di­vided

over the talks, but Wash­ing­ton should show more con­sis­tency and sin­cer­ity when mak­ing de­ci­sions to avoid leav­ing the im­pres­sion it is “fool­ing around with Py­ongyang,”Lü said.

China on Fri­day urged the US and North Korea to re­main pa­tient and of­fer more good­will to pro­mote the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula. We hope the US and North Korea cher­ish the pos­i­tive progress made re­cently, stay pa­tient, re­lease good­will and meet each other half way and solve their con­cerns via di­a­logues, Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang said at a daily brief­ing on Fri­day.

When asked whether China’s in­flu­ence on North Korea was be­hind the can­cel­la­tion, Lu said China has al­ways played a “pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive” role on the nu­clear is­sue of the Korean Penin­sula and it has no hid­den agenda.

China’s stance on in­sist­ing on the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the penin­sula, safe­guard­ing the peace and sta­bil­ity of the penin­sula and in­sist­ing re­solv­ing is­sues via di­a­logues and con­sul­ta­tions has never changed, said Lu.

Un­cer­tain­ties ex­ist

Can­cel­ing the sum­mit would make US the big­gest loser, said an­a­lysts, adding that it would not only dam­age US’ cred­i­bil­ity in in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety, but also the trust of its al­liance.

“The US will hardly be able to re­cruit more coun­tries to bring more sanc­tions against North Korea, and the US is also dis­tanc­ing it­self from al­lies be­cause of its ar­bi­trary work style,” Li Haidong, a pro­fes­sor at the China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity’s In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

The US has put South Korea in an em­bar­rass­ing po­si­tion and raised doubts about its me­di­at­ing role, as the de­ci­sion was an­nounced soon af­ter South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in ended his trip to Wash­ing­ton which was aimed at se­cur­ing the Trump-Kim meet­ing, said Lü.

Can­cel­ing the meet­ing would make Trump a pres­i­dent who is un­able to keep prom­ises and has no con­vic­tion in his com­mit­ments, said Lü.

Though the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s about­face has cre­ated un­cer­tain­ties, the cur­rent mo­men­tum is un­likely to be re­versed as North Korea and South Korea have “seen and tasted” pos­i­tive out­comes of a peace­ful re­la­tion­ship, and Py­ongyang’s ef­forts are well re­ceived by not only China and Rus­sia, but also the wider in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, ex­perts noted.

North Korea con­firmed on Thurs­day the de­mo­li­tion of its nu­clear test site at Pung­gy­eri, say­ing all its tun­nels have been col­lapsed and their en­trances com­pletely closed, the Py­ongyang-based Korean Cen­tral News Agency re­ported.

South Korea said it will con­tinue diplo­matic ef­forts to main­tain a di­a­logue be­tween North Korea and the US.

Mis­un­der­stand­ings from the US, such as the con­de­scend­ing idea of re­gard­ing the meet­ing as a “re­ward” for North Korea’s de­nu­cle­ariza­tion ef­forts, should end in or­der to bring the pos­i­tive mood back on track, said Lü.

“A closer and sta­ble re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and North Korea will also re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther con­flicts on the penin­sula,” Jin Can­rong, as­so­ciate dean of the School of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, told the Global Times.

China will con­tinue to play a pos­i­tive role in per­suad­ing North Korea and the US from tak­ing any rad­i­cal ac­tion, said Jin.

Photo: IC

South Kore­ans gather out­side the US Em­bassy in Seoul on Fri­day to protest US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to can­cel the highly an­tic­i­pated meet­ing with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thurs­day. Seoul said it will con­tinue diplo­matic ef­forts in...

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