Tillerson says plans for North Korea meeting 'in the very early stages'

Tillerson says plans for North Korea meeting 'in the very early stages'

People carry flags in front of statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. He praised Mr Xi for his role in bringing North Korea to the dialogue table.

The South Korean officials who carried Kim's invitation to Washington are visiting China and Japan this week to update state heads on the talks. Sherman said that while she did not believe Kim is "in any rush to denuclearize", she was glad the USA is entering into talks, even if it just starts with "a meeting". "If this is carried out, Western countries trading with the USA and many steelmakers and aluminum producers will suffer significant damage".

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, in Washington, Feb. 8, 2018. She emphasized that "nothing" had changed from the USA viewpoint and that Trump's "maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea would continue.

Faso also said he is hopeful about Trump's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.

Even as the world reacts, North Korea has maintained silence, not responding to Trump's announcement last week.

Xi also urged the main players to be patient and cautious in dealing with the challenges and distractions of any negotiations ahead. Pyongyang declared a year ago that it had pulled off the remarkable feat of becoming a nuclear power - a move thought to be aimed at gaining leverage in talks with the U.S.

When pressed on the location of the meeting, Tillerson said no agreements have been reached.

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Trump on Saturday predicted "tremendous success" in the talks and suggested North Korea wanted to "make peace". "That's because they have nuclear weapons".

The comments came after the American leader said he has received encouragement from the leaders of China and Japan, and assurance that North Korea had promised not to shoot missiles in the interim, as he moves towards the high stakes summit, announced suddenly this week. The liberal media are not "getting" but attacking President Trump.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper has written that the reason Trump accepted Kim's invitation on the spot is likely that Pyongyang has proposed something more than a tentative halt to provocations.

"The North has yet to take the necessary actions to facilitate such a trip", Yonhap reported on March 12.

Bloomberg cites the professor of North Korean studies Koh Yu-hwan at Dongguk University in Seoul, who believes that any treaty involving denuclearization would require the U.S.to remove its military presence in South Korea.

"President XI told me he appreciates that the U.S.is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going the ominous alternative", Trump wrote about China's leader. That means the Japanese and the South Koreans.

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