Sources who attended the meeting confirmed that Kim was ready to discuss denuclearization, which he reportedly claimed was his father Kim Jong-il's "dying wish". We hope they would stick to the promises.
Kim is likely to raise the possibility of a peace treaty, along with establishing diplomatic relations and 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. Since the US government is unable to provide emergency services to its citizens in North Korea, as there is no diplomatic or consular relations between the two countries, only Sweden acts as the protecting power for American citizens in the DPRK, providing limited services.
"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance".
"There will be several steps (which) will be necessary to agree on the location and the scope of those discussions". He says that it's in the "very early stages".
(STAND-UP) "The South Korean president said the fate of his country and the Korean Peninsula now hangs on how they handle the next two months this opportunity that has landed in the world's hands like a miracle".
The Trump-Kim summit is expected to take place by May of this year.
South Korea National Security Office chief Chung Eui Yong, meanwhile, met Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday. "The U.S. and its followers are trying to maximize sanctions and hold onto its schemes to spark a reckless nuclear war".
Trump touted those pledges, all conveyed through South Korean officials, on Twitter over the weekend.
China, which has repeatedly pressed the U.S. and North Korea to hold talks, has urged Trump and Kim to hold their meeting as soon as possible.
Potentially, the lack of big, headline-making naval assets to the Korean Peninsula during the US and South Korea's regularly scheduled military drills could ease tensions as the sides move towards Kim's first-ever meetings with heads of state.
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.
During the meeting with the ambassadors, McMaster pointed to three United Nations sanctions resolutions adopted by the council as key in the campaign to bring North Korea to the negotiating table, according to a council diplomat.
The meeting came just days after Chung headed a delegation to Pyongyang and Washington as part of a push by Seoul to have an inter-Korea summit by the end of April.
The U.S. military now keeps about 28,000 soldiers and other armed forces members in South Korea.
After meeting Abe, Suh said the Japanese premier showed his respect for President Moon's leadership behind recent advances in inter-Korean relations and the overall reconciliatory atmosphere.
Kono declined to say what that action should be, but South Korea's presidential Blue House quoted him as saying that the breakthrough on talks with North Korea was a near "miracle".