South Korea Aims For High-Level Talks About Talks With North

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There is growing concern over the calibre and capabilities of the American diplomats who will be charged with negotiating with North Korea when the two nations sit down to discuss the abolition of Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal and the future of the Korean Peninsula.

"Sweden fully supports the Security Council resolutions".

"I think South Korea should maintain close coordination with the U.S. at various levels (to prepare for) critical diplomatic events", she told reporters at the Incheon Airport before leaving for the US.

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.

One step the North might take is to offer to freeze or scrap its long-range nuclear missile program, which has anxious US officials who think Kim might soon acquire the ability to fire nuclear warheads at the USA mainland.

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Moon would possibly face criticism from US and South Korean conservatives that his overtures only helped North Korea buy time to ideal its nuclear program.

Portman, R-Ohio, said the United States should continue its robust economic sanctions against North Korea "until North Korea changes course and ends its unsafe pursuit of nuclear weapons that threaten the United States and our allies".

An official at the South's defence ministry said authorities were aware of the Jane's report, which follows a similar one released on the 38 North website earlier this month that said a nearby reactor had also continued to show signs of operation.

Deva, the European Parliament member, hailed Trump's decision to accept an invitation from Kim as "an unprecedented display of diplomacy". They then brought Kim's offer to talk to Trump, who accepted the proposal.

"To me, the case is simple", he told journalists. "This is Cold War Mark II". "We are a country that is militarily non-aligned and have a longstanding presence in North Korea, and with the trust we enjoy we think we can play a role", he said.

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There has been no official word from North Korea since the invitation was delivered via South Korean officials in Washington. A source familiar with the matter declined to comment but told Reuters the bilateral talks would end on Friday.

Japan said on Friday that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had promised to help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resolve the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea and agreed to keep maximum pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.

The sources also said the president hinted at the possibility of a Japan-North Korea summit, though Japanese sources say the leaders did not touch on the topic.

"How the new secretary of state tries to push China while also trying to do talks with North Korea will be interesting to watch".

Joseph Kim has more for TRT World from Seoul. She was to meet with former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but will now meet with his one-time deputy John Sullivan in the wake of his dismissal.

Chinese scholars argued that Pompeo may have little impact on U.S.

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"Abe told Moon that North Korea halting its nuclear and missile programs alone is not enough, but that it must take concrete action, such as allowing IAEA inspectors in", the official added.

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