Seoul aims for more talks about talks with North Korea this month


US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his plan to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May during a call with South Korea's president, voicing "cautious optimism" over recent developments, the White House says.

No sitting USA president has ever accepted an invitation from Pyongyang before.

"Even when US President Donald Trump said he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-in and settle all the problems, US presidential administration officials rushed to say that further pressure on Pyongyang was needed as it had backed down", he said in an interview with the Vietnamese and Japanese media ahead of his visits to these countries.

Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom refused to comment on whether she and North Korea's Ri Yong Ho discussed a Trump-Kim meeting in brief comments as she left the Stockholm villa where the meeting took place.

Trump described the meeting as a "tremendous success", hinting that he would meet the DPRK leader by May in order to try to achieve the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

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Skoog added, however, the talks in Stockholm would "hopefully" help "create a good environment for such a meeting" and declined to comment when asked if Sweden would host a meeting of the USA and North Korean leaders. He remains in close touch with the director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon, said a USA official familiar with the preparations.

The question now is whether Trump's unorthodox approach can yield results.

No fewer than 300,000 North Koreans live in China, and while majority are illegal, China largely turns a blind eye.

Lofven, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, did not answer directly whether his country had U.S. support to organise talks with North Korea.

However, the South Korean authorities are often suspicious of such new arrivals, and North Koreans arriving in the South are subjected to stringent interrogation.

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North Korea, however, has not officially confirmed the meeting and no specific time or venue has been set. It provides consular services for the United States in North Korea. While many are taking the proposed meeting with a pinch of salt, at a political rally in Pennsylvania Trump told supporters he believed North Korea wanted to make peace.

The US State Department declined to comment on the Jane's report, calling it an intelligence issue.

"Hey, who knows what's going to happen", Trump said on Saturday at a rally for a Republican Party congressional candidate. She said that "we value this opportunity to arrange a meeting", though she didn't specify what she meant.

They "emphasised that a brighter future is available for North Korea, if it chooses the correct path", it said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha added in an interview with USA broadcasting company PBS on Friday (local time) that South Korea has a "clear" goal of complete denuclearization of North Korea, though she knows that it will take a long time since the weapons program is "very advanced".

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In a statement made in Seoul on Monday it was revealed that Kang Kyung-wha will visit Washington from Thursday to Saturday and meet with Tillerson during the three-day stay.