White House expects N.Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

White House expects N.Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

White House expects N.Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

"Organizing its stance" seems to mean North Korea is checking with its few allies and patrons before finalizing the offer of a summit with Trump, which originated in remarks Kim Jong-un made to visiting South Korean envoys.

Although Trump's acceptance of the offer to meet was considered risky, in another sign of thawing relations between the North and South, South Korean President Moon Jae-in also accepted an offer for a meeting near the countries shared border later next month, in which Kim is expected to propose resuming cultural exchanges and family reunions.

"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.

Trump said he would meet with Kim by May to achieve "permanent denuclearization".

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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". "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.

"There's already been a bit of confusion in the messaging from the White House so it probably makes sense to get some of the ground rules established before go public with it", said Abrahamian.

The US and North Korea have been in a state of war since 1950's Korean War, which "ended" with an armistice in 1953.

USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed U.N. Security Council envoys in NY on Monday.

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"He's marshalled unprecedented economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime in North Korea and this breakthrough - and we hope it is a breakthrough - is a result of the strong leadership the president has provided on the world stage", Pence said. Is it the removal of American troops from South Korea?

The head of that South Korean delegation, National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday and will head to Moscow on Tuesday.

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.

A summit between two nations that have remained in a state of war since the Korean War would be a remarkable turnabout after a year of heightened tensions.

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