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White House expects Kim summit to happen

White House expects Kim summit to happen

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the first meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should take place at a "nice, neutral site".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "in the driver's seat at the moment", Wendy Sherman the former chief United States nuclear negotiator with Iran who also advised President Bill Clinton on North Korea told CNN. The offer was made and we've accepted.

He noted that it is "very significant" that Kim expressed his willingness to denuclearize.

We have to make the planned inter-Korean talks and the US-North Korea summit meaningful. He threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea; called its dictator, Kim Jong-un, "Little Rocket Man;" and bragged that his "nuclear button" was much bigger than Kim's. He pledged strong cooperation with the South and the United States to resolve those issues.

Trump and Kim have agreed to meet by the end of May, although they have yet to confirm a date or time. Tokyo, however, suspects that there are more victims.

North Korea's foreign trade, more than 90 percent of which passes through China, has taken a major hit since Beijing agreed to increasingly harsh U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed at pressuring the North into ceasing its nuclear and missile tests and rejoining denuclearization talks.

Speaking after meeting Suh, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by worldwide society. "I believe it can be discussed in the future when Japan and the North negotiate substantial improvement of relations".




With the Trump administration already deliberating the logistics and location of the meeting, questions are being raised about who will lead the day-to-day, working-level negotiations with North Korea in preparation for the historic summit between Kim and Trump.

"This potential meeting has been agreed to, there are no additional conditions being stipulated, but, again they cannot engage in missile testing, nuclear testing and they can't publicly object to the U.S".

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the Korean border, but a venue for the North Korea-U.S. summit has yet to be decided. They said: "We pray that this momentum will not be reversed by the unwise resumption of threatening military exercises, and that the drums of war will be silenced".

The official also told reporters the South Korean government will give suggestions on the agenda for the talks, according to Yonhap news.

Yang touted the "positive changes" on the Korean peninsula.

The Asan Institute's Go Myong-Hyun said, "If North Korea can have nuclear weapons for the next 20 years in the process of nuclear disarmament, then North Korea becomes a de facto nuclear state". He is scheduled to return to Korea on Wednesday.

Minister Taro Kono and detailed his recent trip to Pyongyang and the subsequent talks.


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