The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations", arguing that President Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong-un should not be construed as anything more than that.
The Hwasong-14, which North Korea claims in an intercontinental ballistic missile, is seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang July 5, 2017. The lead US diplomat on North Korea is quitting, and the president has not yet appointed an ambassador to South Korea.
For the North Koreans, it's already a big victory getting the US President to agree to meet with Kim Jong Un.
But it will take time and work before the U.S. and North Korea can get to the point of negotiating, analysts and officials say. A chorus of indignation would have erupted about Trump the warmonger, the crazed inhabitant of the White House, and so on. I very much doubt that this would earn the approbation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
It's a seismic shift in a relationship that until now has been based on repeated taunts between two leaders who previous year brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. He has derided Kim by referring to him as "Little Rocket Man".
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The world watched with bated breath as North Korea's delegation attended the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, hoping that the seemingly innocuous olive branch extended by the divided Koreas might somehow lead to averting the war that's been looming over their peninsula for months.
JOBS: U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, more than experts had expected. The Kim regime's long-running control of North Korea could not have existed without significant support from the communists in Beijing. The European Union, Russia and China - whose leader spoke by phone with Trump on Friday - have all welcomed the move. In fact, North Korea is a puppet of the Chinese.
The official said the president "has always left the door open to dialogue" at the right time, adding that the message from South Korea's national security adviser was conveyed orally to the president after Kim Jong Un conveyed the message to South Korea's national security adviser during their meetings. Trump met with video game industry representatives and some vocal industry critics to discuss what role violent games play in tragedies like the recent mass shooting in Parkland, FL. "Kim Jong-un is the one person who is able to make decisions under their authoritarian-uniquely authoritarian-or totalitarian system", the official said.
It has conducted six illegal underground nuclear tests and fired off numerous long-distance missiles. "And I think in the president's judgment that time has arrived now".
Mr Trump accepted the offer - they might now meet as soon as May.
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He appears set to directly press Kim Jong Un to denuclearize when they meet face to face.
During President Barack Obama's administration, North Korean officials were also seeking a breakthrough with the United States, and were disappointed when American officials offered no diplomatic concessions, former USA director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has said.
South Korea revealed on Tuesday the North stated there was "no reason" to hold onto its nuclear weapons "if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its regime is guaranteed". Those guest workers are a major source of foreign income for Pyongyang, and two of the biggest employers of North Koreans are Security Council members China and Russian Federation. Trump has said Canada and Mexico will be exempted. "Otherwise we are setting ourselves up for a major diplomatic failure".
"I explained to President Trump that his leadership, and his maximum pressure policy, along with global solidarity, brought us to this juncture", he said.
The news comes just days after President Trump publicly backed up North Korea's apparent shift regarding discussions around denuclearization. "Remember, North Korean regimes have repeatedly used talks and empty promises to extract concessions and buy time".
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