US, North Korean Leaders Set To Meet

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction Friday between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations", arguing that President Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong Un shouldn't be construed as anything more than that.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Chung Eui Yong, the leader of the South Korean delegation, earlier this week.

Responding to the developments, a Downing Street spokesman said: "The UK welcomes the South Korean announcement that Kim Jong Un has made a renewed commitment to denuclearise and will refrain from further nuclear missile tests while dialogue continues".

Tillerson told reporters in Djibouti that they saw a shift with North Korea when South Korean officials visited Pyongyang, according to the Associated Press. "I will not comment on whether it was the pressure of sanctions that helped reach an agreement to organize a top-level meeting between Washington and Pyongyang".

He said: "Now it's a question of agreeing on the timing of the first meeting between the two of them, and that will take some weeks before we get all that worked out".

Trump has previously said he was willing to meet Kim under the right circumstances but had indicated that the time was not right for such talks.

China is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, although it has agreed to increasingly harsh United Nations economic sanctions in a bid to steer the North back to talks.

The US president also hailed the progress but added that sanctions imposed on the country will remain in place.

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The White House has announced that routine us military exercises with allies in Asia will continue.

"I think that they are honest", Trump said. North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear weapon to date and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles theoretically capable of striking the USA mainland.

North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a ceasefire, not a truce. "The president has accepted that invitation".

The official also noted that Trump spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday night about the decision.

Mr Davis warned President Trump must not to be fooled by North Korea's promises.

United States officials were reportedly blindsided by Trump's decision to pop into the briefing room today to reveal an announcement would be taking place regarding North Korea.

Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and a former National Security Council official under President Obama, added that "there is no hard evidence that suggests Kim is about to quickly give up his nuclear weapons". The other thing that might be happening is, he's luring us into these negotiations, but then he will make demands that he knows we can never agree to like the USA abandoning South Korea.

Christian Conservative MP Gary Streeter, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, told Premier that while he is surprised by the potential meeting, he remains cautiously hopeful.

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