Kim meeting only if N Korea fulfills promises: White House

  • Kim meeting only if N Korea fulfills promises: White House

Kim meeting only if N Korea fulfills promises: White House

"Secretary of state had no idea - literally had no idea".

China fought alongside North Korea against the US-led forces in the Korean War, but relations have been testy since the North's nuclear plan started to pick up pace, and Mr Xi and Mr Kim have reportedly never met. In 1994, President Bill Clinton agreed to provide North Korea with $4 billion in energy aid in exchange for...wait for it...denuclearization. US Cabinet officials are moving to calm expectations and urge patience. "We give them that and they do the nasty stuff".

'But the important thing is the diplomatic work that has to go in before such a meeting.

McMaster said the Trump administration wanted to move quickly because of concerns that Pyongyang was steadily progressing toward major advancements in its military programs, said the diplomat, who asked not to be named. "It's Washington, it's the White House".

"You need to treat him accordingly", Maginnis says of the dictator.

That risk is compounded by the fact that the circumstances are topsy-turvy.

"Places like Switzerland, Sweden or Jeju Island have been gaining a lot of attention (as possible venues for the meeting), but we also view the JSA as a serious option", an official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae told reporters. White House officials initially waffled on the president's intentions.

"There were agreements between the US and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized". "But perhaps Kim made a more far-reaching offer". "But I do think it's a good first step, and I think the relentless pressure the administration has put on the North Korean regime, especially through the Chinese, has borne some fruit".

People carry flags in front of statues of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong Il during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017.

'I believe they will honour that commitment, ' the president said.

"North Korean residents are bound to be confused if authorities declared summit talks with the South and the USA, after stirring toward them until recently", said Cho Sung-ryul, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy. Trump is not known to have a nuanced understanding of the Korean Peninsula or to be an avid consumer of the daily intelligence briefing. The South Korean leader visited Beijing in December on a trip aimed at thawing tense bilateral relations strained over Seoul's decision to host a United States missile defence system that Beijing sees as a threat to its own security.

Tillerson says it should be held somewhere that "both parties will feel confident". "Others are working on this as well".

He's suggesting China would not be an ideal place.

The story so far: President Donald Trump accepted North Korea's invitation for direct talks with Kim Jong Un, to be held by May.

"We have an obligation to prepare the President for that meeting", Tillerson said.