Indo-Pak hostilities will end soon, we are helping them: Trump

     
Feb 28, 2019
HANOI: The current hostilities between India and Pakistan will end soon, US President Donald Trump has said. Addressing a press conference at the end of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the Vietnamese Capital, Trump said the US has some "reasonably attractive news" about the Indo-Pak conflict.

"We have been involved in trying to help them and we have some reasonably decent news," he said. "I think hopefully that could be coming to an end," he added.

Meanwhile, it was reported that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed he spent a “good deal of time on the phone” with Indian and Pakistani leaders to make sure “there was good information exchanged, encouraging each country to not take any action that would escalate and create increased risk”.

The US Secretary of State was speaking to reporters on his efforts to de-escalate tensions on his way back from Hanoi.

No agreement as second round of talks with Kim in Vietnam cut short

US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s summit in Vietnam was abruptly cut short on Thursday as they failed to reach an agreement over lifting of sanctions and North Korean denuclearisation.

There was no decision on a third summit either. Trump urged 'friend Kim' to see Vietnam as blueprint for North Korea. Trump told the press conference, "We had very productive time. Our relationship is very strong. Sometimes we have to walk... Basically they wanted the sanctions to be lifted."

A scheduled working lunch and signing ceremony was cancelled at the last minute as talks in Hanoi hit a roadblock. Trump said that Kim wanted all economic sanctions against North Korea lifted.

However, North Korea has denied Trump's claim that the country demanded all sanctions lifted during the summit in Hanoi.

After the talks ended abruptly, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said they asked only for partial sanctions relief in exchange for disabling its main nuclear complex.

Ri said his country had made "realistic" proposals that included complete decommissioning of Yongbyon, under the watch of US observers.

He said, "This proposal was the biggest denuclearisation measure we could take at the present stage when taking into consideration the current level of confidence between the DPRK and the United States."

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