Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

U.S. 'fully' expects summit with N. Korea

U.S. 'fully' expects summit with N. Korea

Reports out of South Korea suggest that among the priorities for North Korea's Kim Jong-un in upcoming talks with President Trump is to secure a peace treaty and to establish formal diplomatic relations with the US. The White House said the meeting would only happen if North Korea agreed to avoid any missile testing and did not object to U.S. - South Korea joint military exercises.

The United States says it will not impose more conditions on North Korea before a summit of the two nations' leaders, beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear and missile tests or publicly criticise U.

He stressed that North Korea must stick to the commitments that were relayed by South Korean officials who met with Kim last week and then came to Washington and briefed Trump. The paper is not part of North Korea's official media, but it serves as a mouthpiece for Pyongyang.

Asked in a Fox News interview due to air on Monday evening whether there was a real possibility of North Korea denuclearizing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said: "We'll see, as the president often says".

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump chose to accept Kim's offer to meet. "That is why the Japanese diplomacy is also mendicant one pursuant to the scenario written by the USA", raged North Korea's Rodong Sinmun over the weekend. "We have accepted their invitation on the three promises that they made, and were going to move forward in this process", she said.

North Korea's state media refrained from using a derogative term in referring to U.S. President Donald Trump, apparently toning down its rhetoric against him ahead of a historic bilateral summit.

Tillerson spoke Monday at a news conference in Nigeria.

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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.

"We all agreed that we're optimistic about this opportunity, but we're determined, we're determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words matched with deeds and a real progress toward denuclearization", McMaster said.

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

Tensions eased as the Koreas held talks against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics in South Korea last month, but Japan has expressed scepticism and warned that "talks for the sake of talks" would be unacceptable.

The meeting could mean the end of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

President Trump has been very optimistic about the chances of these talks.

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