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S.Korean Envoy Briefs Xi on Kim Jong-un Meeting

South Korean envoys talk North Korea in China Kim Jong-un Seeks Peace Treaty in Trump Talks
Glenn Montgomery | 13 March, 2018, 11:35

The North Korean government has not tested nuclear weapons or long distance missiles since November of a year ago.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the U.S. decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation.

"The offer was made and we've accepted".

China was willing to promote the healthy and stable development of North Korea-South Korea relations, Yang said. "Most recently in January, the North suddenly canceled the visit of an arts troupe to South Korea", Lee Taek-su, head of Realmeter said.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance".

"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.

"It's very early stages".

However, most of the respondents remained suspicious of the North's true intentions, with 64 percent saying they did not trust the regime. Kim is likely to raise the possibility of such a treaty along with establishing diplomatic relations and moving toward nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the US leader, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday, citing an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office.

Trump agreed to meet Kim Jong Un by the end of May and the two Koreas will hold a summit by the end of April.

Kim has pushed his isolated nation closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the US mainland. -South Korean military exercises unilaterally, as a gesture of good will before the talks.

Choi Kang, vice president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, floated the possibility of Sydney Seiler, a former U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks.

According to Kim, Xi welcomed South Korea's role in arranging talks between the North and the United States.

During the meeting, McMaster and Haley urged the global community to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime and asked Council members to devote the political will and resources necessary to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions to hold the regime accountable.

"We know the maximum pressure campaign is working", Sanders said.

South Korean UN Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity".

The newspaper suggested the diplomatic breakthrough followed China's "dual-suspension" proposal, whereby North Korea agreed to freeze its missile-testing program in return for the suspension of US-South Korean military drills.

A GREAT deal of hope is riding on the meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the end of May.

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