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13 March 2018, 10:57 | Opal Carroll
Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon speaks during a press meeting in the administrative city of Sejong
"Organizing its stance" seems to mean North Korea is checking with its few allies and patrons before finalizing the offer of a summit with Trump, which originated in remarks Kim Jong-un made to visiting South Korean envoys.
Kim invited Trump to a summit after agreeing to commit to denuclearization, halt nuclear and missile tests, and expressing understanding that joint military exercises between South Korea and the USA would continue.
Meanwhile, in New York, US' National Security Advisor HR McMaster and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, briefed members of the UN Security Council on developments related to North Korea. Trump belittled Kim as "Little Rocket Man", while the North called Trump the "mentally deranged US dotard".
"Nothing's been agreed and I don't want to start floating ideas out through the media", Tillerson said in Abuja alongside Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
Trump's surprise decision Thursday to accept a meeting with Kim dispensed with decades of US foreign policy by accepting the high-stakes invitation based on a vague offer by Kim to discuss giving up his nuclear weapons program. "We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea, although we expect to hear something directly from them". "But the North has yet to give a response, even though there are necessary steps, such as North Korea's sending of an invitation for the trip to the North", Baik said.
"President Trump appreciated the briefing, and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation". No details of the venue or substance have been announced.
The South Korean delegation that met with him said the North Koreans indicated they're prepared to talk denuclearization if they're given certain security assurances. "I would say just remain patient and we'll see what happens". -South Korean military exercises during that time.
In a Tweet, Mr Trump said: "If they drop their horrific barriers & tariffs on USA products going in, we will likewise drop ours". Ironically, South Korea was not a signatory.
South Korea's National Security Office chief, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation to Pyongyang, will head to Russian Federation on Tuesday, while spy agency chief Suh Hoon met Japan's foreign minister in Tokyo, where he is to speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
"At the same time, all sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom, to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process", state media cited Xi as saying.
Mattis wouldn't talk at all about the diplomatic push over North Korea's nuclear programme.
In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea told the world body's Human Rights Council that any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps.
The North's official news agency has been lauding efforts between the North and South to thaw relations, but state media has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering.
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