White House expects Kim summit to happen

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Earlier, South Korea said North Korea's silence on summits with both the United States and South Korea was probably because of caution in preparing for the meetings, while U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington expected to hear directly from Pyongyang.

Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis is not convinced President Trump should meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "If we reject an effective agreement that delivered on all core American requirements related to Iran's nuclear program, then we will have thrown away one of the few models we have for comparison as we seek the almost impossible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

Whatever are the reasons and whoever were the principle actors in the chain of recent events, the main thing is to have President Trump meet face-to-face with Kim Jong-un and come up with a solution that may include the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and save the world a nuclear war.

By contrast, the North Korea already has up to 60 nuclear weapons.

Tillerson has been working the issue several time zones ahead of the U.S. East Coast during a five-nation swing through sub-Saharan Africa.

While the president pleaded for nationwide support for the success of the upcoming talks overseas, his key officials began carrying out Mr. Moon's efforts to bring jittery regional powers on board.

The White House has said it fully expects President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, though the North has yet to confirm the meeting.

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It's not unusual for the North Korean media to take their time in getting out the news. Carranza said the meeting place will be a crucial factor.

China was the host and convener of the Six-Party Talks, a 2003-2007 process that saw North Korean representatives sit down with delegates from the United States and four other countries to discuss ending the North's nuclear program in exchange for incentives. The same officials then carried to Washington a verbal message of Kim's willingness to meet Trump, which he is said to have immediately accepted.

-North Korean summits, according to the South Korean envoy, who is visiting Tokyo to brief Japanese officials on his Pyongyang trip.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley singled out China for praise, saying Beijing had been "very helpful" in the push for sanctions, and also cited South Korea and Japan. That's surely unknown. The hermetic kingdom of North Korea is one of the most closed countries in the world.

Kim has pushed his isolated nation closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the US mainland.

Kim could face similar problems travelling to the United States, where no North Korean leader has visited, making many observers think a more neutral setting will need to be found.

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