Tillerson seeks neutral site for Trump-Kim talks

Tillerson seeks neutral site for Trump-Kim talks

North Korea made several promises and we hope that they would stick to those promises and if so the meeting will go on as planned. Trump dispensed with decades of US foreign policy orthodoxy with his decision, particularly given that the North Korean leader made only a vague offer - conveyed via a South Korean delegation that visited him - to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance".

Tillerson says nothing has been agreed about the location for the meeting. "It's very early stages", Tillerson said.

It made no mention of any summit plans, let alone any conditions or statements on whether Kim is seriously mulling abandoning his nuclear weapons.

The secretary departed for the US on Monday, cutting his Africa trip short amid speculation it was to prepare for the unprecedented meeting between Trump and Kim.

Mr Trump would become the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a leader of the reclusive country.

"Talk is certainly better than war".

"Now more than ever, the president must empower our diplomats and nuclear non-proliferation experts to work with our allies to carefully coordinate our efforts in seeking a pathway towards denuclearization of North Korea".

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Last year, Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged threats and insults against each other. "So we're determined to pursue that course", McMaster told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on the development.

The decades since the 1953 armistice have seen South Korea enjoy enormous prosperity and North Korea earn its reputation as the "Hermit Kingdom". South Korea's current president, Moon Jae-in, who was a top aide to "sunshine policy" President Roh Moo-hyun, evidently has not lost faith in negotiations.

"We agreed.that we will not repeat the mistakes of the past and will maintain maximum pressure on North Korea to make the abandonment of its nuclear and missile (programs) a reality", the Japanese minister said after his meeting over dinner in Tokyo with Suh Hoon, director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service.

In Beijing on Monday, Xi told Chung there was an important opportunity for talks."At the same time, all sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom, to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process", state media cited Xi as saying.

Until now, China has played the key role in mediating the North Korean nuclear standoff, but now its role is rapidly being diminished and it needs Seoul to gauge what is going on with its buffer state. Tensions have risen in the past few months as the Asian nation increased its missile testing up until last month.

The decision to meet drew support from countries seeking to defuse tensions between North Korea and the US, along with warnings that Kim may be playing for more time to develop his weapons while seeking relief from USA -led global sanctions.

Previous meetings between North Korean and American officials have taken place in Pyongyang, including a 2000 meeting between US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il.

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