White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

  • White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

Last week President Donald Trump accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

They also dismissed criticism that Mr Trump's decision to meet elevated the North Korean leader on an worldwide stage. 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 USA missile defence system that Beijing sees as a threat to its own security. According to the report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said the meeting wouldn't take place "until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".

"We are very grateful to China for its consistent position", he said. North Korea made several promises and we hope that they would stick to those promises and if so the meeting will go on as planned.

For the time being, US plans to launch a military strike on North Korea are on the back burner and there is hope for an easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea, the third-largest steel exporter to the U.S. and a strategic ally on the Korean Peninsula, has already put in a request for a waiver. "I believe they will honor that commitment!"

Critics have warned that North Korea might simply use the talks to stall for time to complete advances on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the US and even where the two leaders might meet.

However, it would allow Kim and Trump to meet without travelling far from either of their respective security forces or to be seen kowtowing in an "enemy" capital.

White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

"Talk is certainly better than war", she said.

He said "North Korea's recent changes are the results of maximum pressure imposed by Japan, the US, and South Korea working closely together".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that he welcomes any dialogue premised on denuclearization.

In Beijing on Monday, Xi told Chung there was an important opportunity for talks."At the same time, all sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom, to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process", state media cited Xi as saying.

For his part, Chung thanked Xi for his "big role" in the diplomatic process that led to the "very positive changes".

Tensions eased as the Koreas held talks against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics in South Korea last month but Japan has expressed scepticism and warned that "talks for the sake of talks" would be unacceptable.

Shin said she researches social studies curricula in elementary schools, and has found that the concept of unification with North Korea - the Koreas were divided in the aftermath of World War II, after negotiations between the US and Soviet Union failed to keep the peninsula together - is being taught less widely than when she went to school.