U.S. officials on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the move was not just for show and not a gift to Pyongyang. "Most recently in January, the North suddenly canceled the visit of an arts troupe to South Korea", Lee Taek-su, head of Realmeter said.
After Suh and other delegates met Kim in Pyongyang on behalf of the South Korean president, both Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to hold bilateral summits with the North's leader in the coming months. "It is important to implement words through action and for the North to take concrete action".
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".
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Rhetoric in the North's state media has been tame, however, compared to threats a year ago that went as far as saying Pyongyang would fire missiles into the vicinity of the US territory of Guam if provoked.
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.
Four days after the surprise announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May, Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries. Mr Pompeo said U.S. military exercises in the region would continue in the lead-up to the talks.
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Its continued nuclear and missile provocations and threats against South Korea and the United States also have generated distrust toward the regime, especially among the younger generation.
According to Dong-A Ilbo, an unidentified official in Seoul claimed that Kim will likely raise the offer in a meeting with Trump, including the prospect of diplomatic relations and nuclear disarmament. "It legitimizes, in their view, their dictatorship and legitimizes their nuclear weapons program".
"Nothing's been agreed and I don't want to start floating ideas out through the media", Tillerson said in Abuja alongside Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
On Friday, one day after Trump announced the Trump-Kim summit, White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said any meeting with Pyongyang would be conditional with "zero concessions".
Zhang Liangui, a professor and Korea scholar at the Central Party School in Beijing, emphasized that the North Korea nuclear issue "involves geopolitical and regional security and China naturally should take an active part in it".
He added: "Should we succeed, there will be dramatic changes in world history, and (South) Korea will have played the leading role".
The Japanese leader, however, noted that the North's stated willingness to denuclearize appeared genuine. That's beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.