White House expects Kim summit to happen

South Korea Praises China's Role in North Nuclear Talks

Asked if the North Korean silence meant there was a chance the meeting between Trump and Kim would not take place, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We fully expect that it will".

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump chose to accept Kim's offer to meet.

"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.

After fighting a bloody war in the 1950s - in which the Philippines fought with United Nations troops beside the US - North Korea and the US remained enemies as the war ended with an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty.

"As long as all parties can focus on the fundamental goal of denuclearisation, peace and stability, the Korean peninsula will finally usher in the spring, when ice will thaw and flowers will bloom", Xi said. He added that discussions around the meeting are still "in the very early stages" and "several steps will be necessary to agree on a location", according to Politico. Chung is visiting China to discuss his recent visit to North Korea, at which the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit next month.

Many people were shocked last week by news of the planned talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea. However, the North Koreans are much more hardened and experienced than their South Korean and USA counterparts.

The complex shut down in 2016 after Seoul said the North was taking workers' wages and using the money to fund its nuclear and missile programs.

Full credit must go to the South Koreans.

"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. South Korean President Moon Jae also plans to hold a summit with Kim by the end of April.

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Tillerson spoke Monday at a news conference in Nigeria.

As recently as August, Trump tweeted about North Korea: "Talking is not the answer!"

If Trump bothered to talk to North Korea experts, he would undoubtedly learn that Kim's regime is pursuing its age-old aim of pushing USA forces off the Korean Peninsula, enabling Pyongyang to militarily coerce Seoul into unification on the North's terms: extending its Stalinist dictatorship across the entire peninsula.

South Korea's spy chief has met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to brief on the results of his recent meetings with the leaders of the USA and North Korea. Xi told Chung that this would lead to a "thaw in ice and the arrival of spring" on the Korean Peninsula.

The Asan Institute's Go Myong-Hyun said, "If North Korea can have nuclear weapons for the next 20 years in the process of nuclear disarmament, then North Korea becomes a de facto nuclear state".

The experts believe that North Korea could announce an extension of its freeze on missile and nuclear tests.

Mr Taro Kono told Mr Suh Hoon, the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, that he was grateful for Seoul's efforts, which have brought a turnaround in the tense situation, the spokesman said in a statement. "Through those talks, we need to get the North to take concrete action".

The last reunions were in 2015, before relations deteriorated over the North's nuclear program and other issues.


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