Kim summit is big news worldwide, but not in North Korea

US President Donald Trump North Korea denuclearisation

US President Donald Trump North Korea denuclearisation

The White House said Monday it "fully" expects U.S. President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if the regime keeps its promises. "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 US has been achieved", Xi told Chung, according to South Korean officials.

South Korean officials last Thursday announced that Trump accepted North Korea's invitation.

North Korea could also be delaying its response to prepare the political battlespace by creating distance between the USA and its allies and ensuring Pyongyang's long list of grievances is on the table before talks begin.

This AP file photo shows White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has accepted Kim's offer to meet near their shared border next month, a meeting in which Kim was expected to suggest resuming cultural exchanges and family reunions. He noted in a tweet that North Korea has refrained from such tests since November and said Kim "has promised not to do so through our meetings".

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is continuing to prepare on a number of levels for the meeting. "Most of that is an interadministration and 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". "I would say just remain patient and we'll see what happens".

Still, Tillerson provided a few more specifics to reporters on the flight back from Nigeria. -South Korean military exercises "a remarkable step forward" and a result of Trump's tough approach. Is it the removal of American troops from South Korea?

The South Korean officials who met Kim travelled to Washington last week to relay his message and visited China on Monday to brief President Xi Jinping, who urged patience. They were postponed during the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea which provided an impetus for the current diplomatic push on the divided Korean Peninsula.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said after talks with Suh Hoon that Tokyo and Seoul agreed that maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea until it takes concrete action to address concerns about its weapons programmes.

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

In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea told the world body's Human Rights Council that any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps.

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