What Can Be Done for a Nuclear Deal with North Korea?

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Trump last week accepted the invitation to meet with Kim by the end of May following months of heightened tensions and exchanges of frequent military threats between the two leaders. "North Korea made several promises".

Beijing may also be anxious about losing its close ties to its buffer state because it has taken a more active part in worldwide sanctions against the North, while the U.S.' influence is increasing in the region.

The move abruptly reversed decades of USA policy aimed at preventing North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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

Tillerson says nothing has been agreed about the location for the meeting.

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"It's very early stages".

The goal of the meeting remains denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, something Kim has agreed to discuss, they said.

"We are looking forward to the smooth holding of the summit meeting between the two Koreas and the dialogue between North Korea and the United States and achieving concrete progress in promoting the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the normalisation of relations between each other", Xi said.

Beijing is seen as one of Pyongyang's biggest backers, and has hosted a series of multilateral negotiations over North Korea held intermittently since 2003 and attended by China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

The US expects North Korea to halt all nuclear and missile testing in advance of any meeting, Mr Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday news shows.

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He says it's time now to "remain patient and see what happens". A dozen White House officials including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff John Kelly were also present, along with McMaster, Mattis, and Haspel. "The South Koreans are clearly heavily involved". However, in the middle of the briefing of some 20 officials, they received word that President Trump wanted an audience with them as soon as possible.

They also dismissed criticism that Mr Trump's decision to meet elevated the North Korean leader on an global stage.

The U.S.is unlikely to deploy an aircraft carrier, which is considered a "strategic asset", during the drills, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

"I think at the moment Japan, South Korea and China are better agents for a deal", Blaney said.

At the same time, another delegation headed to Tokyo to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the proposed talks, which will focus on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

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In Beijing, Mr Xi told Mr Chung that the Korean peninsula faces an opportunity for talks to ease the situation.

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