US 'Surprise' at North Korea Talk Offer: Tillerson

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Jimmy Carter made history as the first former USA president to visit North Korea in June 1994. The meeting was aimed at paving the way for a return to negotiations between the DPRK and the administration of Bill Clinton, who was then the USA president, over the DPRK's nuclear weapons. Chung said the US President's "leadership" and his administration's pressure on the North Korean regime had "brought us to this juncture", the report said. But questions remained over exactly what North Korea means by "denuclearize" and what the US might be risking with a highly publicized summit that will build up Kim's stature among world leaders. "I think the world is breathing a sigh of relief", former Central Intelligence Agency chief and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CNN, warning intricate diplomatic planning and attention to detail would be required. So far, there are few signs that he has secured significant returns to justify such a step.

China was a host country of the long-halted six-party denuclearisation talks, which also involved the two Koreas, the US, Japan and Russian Federation.

So there's a real chance Trump could be walking into a massive trap.

Top officials in the Pentagon, and even in his own White House were unaware something was afoot until Trump appeared before reporters. Pyongyang's oft-stated demands include an end to sanctions, the removal of American troops from South Korea and the replacement of the Korean War armistice with a formal peace treaty.

Still, some lawmakers and foreign policy experts voiced skepticism about the wisdom of agreeing to a summit without preparations by lower-level officials, particularly given the lack of trust between the two sides. "He talks about the art of the deal, the deal never comes through".

Mr Trump accepted the offer - they might now meet as soon as May. Some expressed their reservations but ultimately supported the president's decision to accept it, according to US officials who were briefed on the talks and requested anonymity to discuss them.

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A still photograph broadcast by North Korean state television on August 29, 2017 purportedly shows the country's leader, Kim Jong Un watching the launch of a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile from a site near Pyongyang.

Chung extended the invitation from Kim to meet while briefing Trump on the four-hour dinner he had with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang on Monday, following which he flew quickly to Washington.

Investors also digested President Donald Trump's announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and news that Trump plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

With the United States clearly looking for steps towards denuclearization and the North Koreans unlikely to give up their nuclear deterrent, experts said it was hard to see where an agreement could be made. In that meeting, Chung told Trump, Kim said he was "committed to denuclearization", agreed to refrain from any further weapons tests, and recognized that routine joint military exercises "must continue".

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"Pyongyang can say they tried and resume nuclear and missile testing", he said.

After Pyongyang's most powerful missile test yet, in November, Kim announced that his country had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force", according to state news service KCNA.

Maybe. But meeting with Kim doesn't have to constitute a new Munich.

What do the South Koreans think?

For now, however, Trump will focus on the domestic political benefits.

It would be easy to forget amid North Korea's masterful handling of the news agenda in the first months of 2018 that the country has repeatedly defied United Nations resolutions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, been blamed for last year's murder of the Supreme Leader's half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia, and accused of launching cyber-attacks in order to raise foreign currency.

The opening came through shuttle diplomacy by a South Korean delegation that arrived in Washington on Thursday. "He is most likely willing to do even that much only to buy time for his engineers to finish developing a nuclear warhead that can fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States".

China's sanctions on North Korea have stemmed from its desire to curb an arms race in its region.

"There is no way that President Trump can be ready by May to have a high-stakes negotiation on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula".

"We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea", Sanders said in a statement.

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