Kim talks 'some weeks' away -Tillerson

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The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations", arguing that President Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong-un should not be construed as anything more than that.

All Trump got for his agreement to meet Kim was a vague undertaking for denuclearization from the North Koreans and an agreement to refrain from future missile and nuclear testing - with no guarantees.

North Korea's capabilities are indeed close to posing a direct atomic threat to the U.S. And the wider world has grown fearful of a resumption of the Korean War that ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.

The meeting, announced by a South Korean delegation at the White House on Thursday night, would, if it goes ahead, mark an unmatched moment of history in the 70-year standoff between the USA and the isolated state.

Fox News quoted an unidentified US official as saying that Chung would announce an invitation from Kim to meet Trump, no change to planned U.S. Trump has said Canada and Mexico will be exempted.

The Hwasong-14, which North Korea claims in an intercontinental ballistic missile, is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang July 5, 2017. The communist leader has previously said the US and South Korea must end their joint military exercises before he would agree to talks.

Experts warned that such presidential summits took months of preparations to produce results while wondering if Trump was succumbing to the temptation of "seeking a win" to bolster his credentials or if he was just making headlines to push more embarrassing developments from the news cycle, such as his troubles with an adult film star.

Evans Revere, a former senior State Department official experienced in negotiating with North Korea, warned there is a disconnect between how the North and the US describes "denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula.

After Pyongyang sent a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in and the two Koreas fielded a joint team, it was announced by negotiators from Seoul that the North Koreans were willing to open a dialogue with the US. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk".

"We have noted the comments of the senior official of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) regarding DPRK's (Democratic People's Republic of Korea or North Korea) proposal to hold talks with the US and the positive response from the US", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told the media here.

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White House officials said the Trump-Kim session, if it happens, would be more of a preliminary meeting than a negotiating session.

President Trump is crediting his hardline stance of maximizing pressure on the North.

The White House also confirmed that Trump is ready to meet Kim "by May", although an exact time and location are yet to be determined.

North Korea has long offered a summit to American leaders, who have not taken up the offer.


Kim responded by calling the US president a "mentally deranged USA dotard".

"I explained to President Trump that his leadership, and his maximum pressure policy, along with global solidarity, brought us to this juncture", he said.

Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Kim has called Trump a "deranged US dotard", a "lunatic" and a "loser".

Mr Trump accepted the offer - they might now meet as soon as May.

In April 2011, Carter arrived in Pyongyang again, this time with other former world leaders to discuss a food shortage in the country and to try to restart talks to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions.

"If you do that, it will be the end of you - and your regime", Graham said. "He's inviting him to be treated as an equal to the United States of America - a goal sought by every Kim since North Korea began its nuclear program", Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who specializes in nuclear non-proliferation and Asian security, told the Associated Press.

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