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Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting: Rex Tillerson urges patience

Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting: Rex Tillerson urges patience

Four days after the surprise announcement that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May, Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries. "North Korea talks. I am delighted that South Korea's efforts have made great progress in the overall Korean Peninsula situation and that close dialogue between North Korea and the USA has been achieved", Xi told Chung, according to South Korean officials.

"President Trump appreciated the briefing, and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation". Trump belittled Kim as "Little Rocket Man", while the North called Trump the "mentally deranged US dotard".

"Most of that is an inter-administration, interagency process and I'm not going to get ahead of any of the details of the where, the when, or any of that here today", she said, responding to a series of questions on the meeting between the two leaders.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the meeting wouldn't take place "until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".

Trump's surprise decision Thursday to accept a meeting with Kim dispensed with decades of USA foreign policy by accepting the high-stakes invitation based on a vague offer by Kim to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program. That's beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.

South Korea's National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong who led the delegation will head to Russian Federation on Tuesday after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, the Blue House said.




The US and the South Korea are also discussing how to conduct upcoming military drills in a way that won't provoke Kim, whose government views the exercises as a rehearsal for war.

Still, Tillerson provided a few more specifics to reporters on the flight back from Nigeria.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that sanctions "have helped bring North Korea" to the negotiating table. Is it the removal of American troops from South Korea?

Baik said the two Koreas have yet to start working-level consultations on the April summit.

Kim is likely to raise the possibility of such a treaty along with establishing diplomatic relations and moving toward nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the American president, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday, citing an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office.


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