USA 'fully' expects summit with N. Korea

North Korean minister'to visit Sweden ahead of Trump Kim talks

North Korea's state media has kept mum toward Kim's planned summit with Trump, and a separate meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in slated for late April.

"I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he's committed to denuclearisation". Hill argued that Trump has "already made a major concession" to North Korea by agreeing to talks without preconditions beyond merely expecting Kim to refrain from further nuclear and missile testing until May.

"President Trump appreciated the briefing, and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation".

Rhetoric in the North's state media has been tame, however, compared to previous threats a year ago that went as far as saying Pyongyang would fire missiles to the vicinity of the USA territory of Guam if provoked.

"The offer was made and we've accepted. That is why the Japanese diplomacy is also mendicant one pursuant to the scenario written by the US", raged North Korea's Rodong Sinmun over the weekend. "But the North has yet to give a response, even though there are necessary steps, such as North Korea's sending of an invitation for the trip to the North", Baik said.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that sanctions "have helped bring North Korea" to the negotiating table.

The US and the South Korea are also discussing how to conduct upcoming military drills in a way that won't provoke Kim, whose government views the exercises as a rehearsal for war.

Tillerson spoke Monday at a news conference in Nigeria.

South Korea and US officials are reportedly in discussions over how to conduct upcoming large-scale military drills- largely meant as a display of military might- without provoking the North Korean government.

"We all agreed that we're optimistic about this opportunity, but we're determined, we're determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words matched with deeds and a real progress toward denuclearization", McMaster said. For example, North Korean media is silent about the Trump-Kim summit but boiling with rage at Japan, which is practicing "mendicant diplomacy" by spewing "stupid gibberish" at Asian and European ministers to convince them to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure against North Korea.

Kim is likely to raise the possibility of such a treaty along with establishing diplomatic relations and moving toward nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the American president, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday, citing an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office.



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