Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

China's Xi says looks forward to smooth US-North Korea talks

China's Xi says looks forward to smooth US-North Korea talks

This image released on March 5, 2018, by the North Korean Official News Service (KCNA), shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meeting with South Korean officials in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Mr Suh is in Tokyo to discuss his recent trip to Pyongyang, during which the two Koreas agreed to hold a summit next month.

North Korea's state media is yet to report on the developments and the regime has not so far respond officially to Trump's acceptance of the invitation to talks.

South Korean envoys had earlier briefed Mr Trump on the meeting they had this week with Mr Kim, saying he was now "committed to denuclearisation".

Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay worldwide action while strengthening its nuclear program.

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It is unclear what the USA government might offer in return.

Choi Kang, vice president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, floated the possibility of Sydney Seiler, a former United States special envoy for the six-party talks. The follow up visit of the high-level delegation from Seoul to Pyongyang for talks with the North Korean leader was certainly another vital link in the chain of events that finally culminated in the broad agreement to hold a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

The Chinese leader said he wants the worldwide community, including South Korea, to find a political resolution to the Korean Peninsula issues by adding proposals by each country to China's proposal of a "parallel track" approach. North Korea is a dictatorship and an impoverished country, crippled by a failed economic system and harsh global sanctions. Trump then agreed to meet Kim by the end of May, he said.

North Korea and the United States have made the possibility of talks more likely by easing tensions.

Yet China has long shared the US objective of eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons.

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Kono said he also explained to Suh a Japanese plan to assist the process of North Korea's denuclearization by covering the initial costs needed for the International Atomic Energy Agency to resume stalled inspections of North Korean nuclear facilities.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about North Korea during the daily White House briefing just a few days after it was revealed Trump agreed to meet with Kim face-to-face.

There is hope on many sides that some kind of agreement will finally be reached, hopefully an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile program, in exchange for recognition and economic assistance.

Tillerson said several steps would be necessary to agree on the location and scope of the talks, adding later that a "neutral" site would be needed. One caveat - Kim is not known to have travelled outside North Korea since he took office in 2011. They have made promises to stop nuclear and missile testing.

Very. The US and North Korea have no diplomatic ties and leaders of the two nations have never met.

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