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'Concrete steps' to nixing nukes needed before North Korea talks: White House

'Concrete steps' to nixing nukes needed before North Korea talks: White House

In 2000, Marshal Jo Myong Rok, a powerful figure in the North Korean armed forces, became the first and most senior North Korean official to visit the White House and meet a United States president, then Bill Clinton.

Asian stock markets rose on the news, with Japan's Nikkei up 0.5% and South Korean stocks up more than 1%. Some expressed their reservations but ultimately supported the president's decision to accept it, according to USA officials who were briefed on the talks and requested anonymity to discuss them. For both sides, preparation will be key, but how do you prepare for an unprecedented meeting between two wildly unpredictable men?

Trump's latest unilateral moves come at a moment of vulnerability for the president.

Sanders' words on Friday also marked the White House's first comments preconditioning the meeting.In a statement the previous evening, Sanders said Trump "will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined" and that the USA looks "forward to the denuclearisation of North Korea". "We know that it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on North Korea", she said.

Advisers argue that tales of Trump's freelancing are exaggerated and that in many cases - as with tariffs - he is following through on long-stated promises.

The speed of the decision leaves significant details up in the air.

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Donald Trump plans to meet with Kim Jong Un within months, dispensing with decades of USA foreign policy by accepting a high-stakes invitation from the North Korean leader.

"I am deeply concerned that the White House has not laid the necessary diplomatic groundwork and coordination for direct talks with North Korea".

Surprisingly, according to the official, Kim also showed understanding towards the US-South Korean drills, which have greatly contributed to the ongoing tensions in the region.

Explaining Trump's decision-making about the meeting, Tillerson said that the US had witnessed a shift from North Korea that became apparent when a South Korean delegation visited Pyongyang, then traveled to Washington to brief USA officials on the rare meeting. Moon granted permission, prompting Trump to make his first known foray into the White House briefing room to inform reporters that the South Koreans would soon be making a major announcement.

Britain will keep up pressure on North Korea even as it welcomes progress towards talks between Mr Kim and Mr Trump, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May has said. "This, combined with President Trump's infamous penchant for going off script and his admiration of authoritarian types, could weaken our negotiating position". "In my view, working-level dialogue is the most promising way forward. A stalemate that gives Kim a photo-op for nothing in return could fracture U.S. alliances and be seen as a devastating embarrassment", the daily said. So Mar-a-Lago, the president's Florida estate that was good enough for Chinese President Xi Jinping last April, probably won't do this time. "But at the end of the day, the ultimate person to lead that negotiation and conversation will be the president". "Even President Trump's own secretary of state appeared to be taken aback by this announcement", he said.

"I wish we could give Trump a card to take with him for the meeting that would say 'Remember that the person across the table murdered Otto Warmbier.' This is a killer", said one George W. Bush administration official. As the South's envoy to Pyongyang said during his post-visit press conference in Seoul, the North Koreans stated their "willingness" to "denuclearize the Korean Peninsula" in return for a removal of the "threat" and once Pyongyang feels "secure".


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