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Donald Trump’s approach to peace

  • June 1, 2018 1:52 pm IST
    Donald Trump’s approach to peace
    Talks with North Korea has a high risk of “disastrous” results, according to a former senior Japanese diplomat who led breakthrough negotiations with the previous Kim Jong-il regime.Hitoshi Tanaka, a former deputy foreign affairs minister, has also urged the US to understand the importance of trust in Asian cultures as it pushes for a deal to remove Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons.
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    Speaking at the Foreign Press Centre Japan, Tanaka highlighted the importance of Confucianism in Asia, meaning trust-building steps were crucial. The US, he said, sometimes tried to use its substantial power “as the backdrop to proceeding with the negotiations and that kind of style could backfire in Asia”.His comments came as Kim Yong-chol, the former military intelligence chief [url=http://www.officialauthenticbearstore.com/Nike-Adam-Shaheen-Jersey.html]Adam Shaheen Jersey[/url] and one of Kim Jong-un’s closest aides, arrived in New York for the highest-level official North Korean visit to the US in 18 years.Hitoshi Tanaka, who led Japan’s secret talks with North Korea in the early 2000s. Photograph: Daniel Hurst for the Guardian
    Tanaka was at the centre of a diplomatic victory in 2002 when North Korea agreed to return five Japanese citizens out of 13 it admitted it had previously abducted. Kim – the father of leader Kim Jong-un – apologised for the “regrettable” abductions and claimed the others had died, which Japan doubts to this day.
    Tanaka noted, however, that this breakthrough came after officials conducted some 25 meetings in secret over the course of a year.They included negotiations with a senior North Korean military official, referred to by the Japanese in private as “Mr X”, in a process that helped to build trust and momentum for an eventual summit between Kim and Junichiro Koizumi, then prime minister of Japan.In contrast, Tanaka said, Trump appeared to be “trying to do many things on his own” without enough discussion with staff.
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    “If the US-North Korean summit would be held without sufficient preparations and ending up in major failure, then it’s going to be a huge cost which will have to be borne by all of the countries in this region.”Tanaka saw one positive result from Trump’s snap decision last week to cancel the 12 June Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un, only to revive the prospect a day later: it had triggered a round of [url=http://www.officialbroncoslockerroom.com/elite-paxton-lynch-jersey]Paxton Lynch">http://www.officialbroncoslockerroom.com/elite-paxton-lynch-jersey">Paxton Lynch Jersey[/url] working-level talks to prepare for the leaders’ meeting.
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