Tillerson On Trump-Kim Meeting Specifics: 'Remain Patient'

Earlier this week South Korean envoy Suh Hoon visited Tokyo to brief Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the fast-moving diplomatic process that saw an announcement of a historic US-North Korea summit to discuss Pyongyang's denuclearisation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling on North Korea to match its recent rhetoric about giving up its nuclear weapons program with "concrete actions".

Late on Thursday, South Korea's National Security Director Chung Eui-Yong told reporters at the White House that Trump and Kim would meet.

News of possible talks has been a dramatic turnaround from fears of war over North Korea's development of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

North Korea's silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is probably due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, South Korea's Ministry of Unification said on Monday.

Last week President Donald Trump accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The joint security area, also known as Panmunjom, is where leaders from the two Koreas agreed to hold summit talks near the end of April.

Kono also said Japan would be willing to provide money for International Atomic Energy Agency inspections if needed.

Kim Jong Un has expressed his willingness to sign a peace agreement with the United States as well as to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries, South Korean media reported on Monday, citing a source at the South Korean presidential administration.

After George Bush named it part of the "axis of evil" with Iraq and Iran, North Korean leaders had every reason to believe that nuclear weapons - and their ability to destroy South Korea's capital with conventional weapons - were essential to deter any attack on them.

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Joseph Yun, former USA special envoy to North Korea, recently retired from the Foreign Service "for personal reasons". The Winter Olympics provided the venue for contacts between the south and north Korean countries.

"The recent development follows Trump's unilateral decision, which means it is likely that Trump himself will push for talks between the USA and North Korea", Kim said.

"While we can't say whether Kim's offer is genuine, we can say that this historic meeting would not have been possible without the worldwide community's participation in the maximum pressure campaign, initiated by the Trump Administration, and a commitment to holding North Korea accountable through three strong United Nations sanctions resolutions in 2017", she said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that the administration had not heard directly from North Korea, but said he expected to hear from them in the future.

At the annual press conference held during China's National People's Congress, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi took credit for the Korean Peninsula breakthrough.

The goal of the meeting remains denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, something Kim has agreed to discuss, they said.

Wrapping up his China trip, Chung left for Moscow on Tuesday.

He says it's time now to "remain patient and see what happens".

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