China is looking forward to smooth talks between the United States and North Korea, President Xi Jinping told the head of South Korea's National Security Office on Monday, Reuters with reference to the state media reported.
Abe was meeting South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon to discuss upcoming talks with North Korea.
"As the 'Island of Peace, ' Jeju is the ideal place to hold the North Korea-US summit", Jeju's governor said in a statement.
Mike Chinoy, CNN's former senior Asia correspondent and author of "Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis", said "an asterisk" would hover above the talks until North Korea officially confirms its buy-in.
"If North Korea and the USA, who are the directly involved parties of the truce agreement, hold the summit at Panmunjom, it would hold the significant meaning of turning a symbol of division into one of peace", the Blue House official said.
The summit, which Trump said would take place by May, would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. -South Korean military exercises during that time.
After the White House press statement, Trump tweeted, "the deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the world".
"I think North Korea needs time to organize their position and is being careful and cautious in approaching regarding the summit", said Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyn.
"There were agreements between the US and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized", Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul told Bloomberg, noting that conditions were critical. Suh is visiting Tokyo to brief officials there on his visit to North Korea and later the United States regarding denuclearsiation talks with Pyongyang.
We can only hope that if this meeting comes off, Donald Trump will find enough wisdom - and modesty - to bring with him a delegation of Korean experts and at least a few advisers who can tell him when to speak and when to shut up.
The editorial followed remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week that the offer of summit talks was at least a partial result of Beijing's call for a "dual suspension" of North Korean nuclear activities in return for a postponement of U.S.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Japan wanted to see a resolution to the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens from talks with North Korea and that North Korea must match its words with actions.
North Korean soldiers look at the South side while patrolling in the Demilitarized Zone, on the border between North and South Korea, Oct. 26, 2017. North Korea has also not yet formally responded to the announcement of talks last week.
As far as is publicly known, Kim has not left North Korea since he came to power in 2011, meaning any trip outside the country might be problematic.
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