President Trump open to US-North Korea talks 'under right circumstances'

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President Xi noted any improvement in the South-North Korea relationship must move forward simultaneously with progress in denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to Yoon.

South Korea asked its neighbour to halt hostile acts that stoke tension on the peninsula, and in return, the North agreed that peace should be guaranteed in the region, the South's unification ministry said in a separate statement.

But the thaw between North and South, which have also restored a military hotline, provides a diplomatic opening after months of escalating tensions that have fueled fears of war.

The White House statement said that Trump told Moon that the U.S. and North Korea could hold talks "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances".

"The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the fact that the people of the two countries are now beginning to feel the result of increased exchange and cooperation between the two countries following (Moon's) visit to China", Yoon said.

Kim and US President Donald Trump have exchanged fiery barbs in the previous year and Trump has warned that the United States would have no choice but to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies. On November 29, the North Korean leader said that his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States. He played down fears of war.

He said in a news conference later that the U.S. had problems with Pyongyang, but a lot of good talks were going on. "Hopefully, a lot of good things are going to work out". A lot of good energy. "I think you people are surprised".

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"I got to know (Putin) very well because we were both on '60 Minutes, ' we were stablemates, and we did very well that night".

Moon has been supportive of the pressure campaign but has long advocated engagement with Pyongyang.

Moon has said he's open to meeting with Kim Jong Un to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff.

But the president added that the talks wouldn't necessarily be held without preconditions, saying that Kim "knows I'm not messing around".

On January 9, South and North Korea held a "historic" meeting after a gap of two years.

Moon is no stranger to lavishing Trump with obsequious praise. When pushed if this delegation included White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in a recent press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that a list containing the entire delegation would be forthcoming.

During the diplomatic negotiations, North Korea refused to converse about its nuclear and missile programmes, but the two sides agreed to hold military talks in the near future.

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