Trump wants 'concrete actions' before meeting North Korea's Kim: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump attempts to shake hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after signing the'Section 232 Proclamation on steel and aluminum imports in Roosevelt Room at the White House

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson has drawn a distinction between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations", arguing U.S. president Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong Un should not be construed as anything more than that.

"We have to see concrete and verifiable actions take place", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who repeatedly told reporters that the U.S.is giving up nothing in order to have this high level summit.

Pressed on whether there was a chance that no meeting between Messrs.

Mr Tillerson said the decision to agree to the meeting was "a decision the president took himself".

"While U.S. policy toward North Korea has failed for decades, it is clear that a series of sanctions recently put in place by Congress and the administration are having a real impact", Sen.

The White House said Trump had agreed to the encounter.

Sanders was asked why Trump did not attach preconditions, such as the release of three Americans detained in the North. We may see the same thing play out here with the North Korea. "Being a retired admiral, he [Song] is quick to suggest what I should do with the naval forces assigned to me", Swift said.

During their meeting at the White House, Chung reportedly told Trump that Kim expressed optimism for US-North Korea dialogue, saying he hoped it would be held "as early as possible".

Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns watched as North Korea reneged on deals with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and says he's skeptical about Kim Jong Un's motives for the proposed meeting. The U.S. has not yet determined the time and location of such a meeting, which Mr. Trump agreed to after speaking with South Korean officials on Thursday. "The North Koreans will go into this process with several advantages".

At the time, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that the exercises would go ahead once the Paralympics concluded. The key question will be what North Korea has to do to make that summit actually happen?

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Pyongyang may be planning to first persuade Washington to not attack, to replace its 1953 armistice with South Korea with a peace treaty, and to eventually normalize U.S.

A summit between Kim and South Korea's president in a Korean border village is planned at the end of April, and Trump's meeting with Kim would be anticipated sometime in May at a place still undetermined.

Trump made the groundbreaking announcement in typical Trump fashion-on Twitter-and said that "great progress" was being made, but that "sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached".

Except that the original agreement, as outlined by the South Koreans, was only that Kim would halt nuclear and missile tests while talks were underway.

Skeptics have warned that Washington shouldn't gift Kim the legitimacy of a grand summit with the US president - something he and his forebears have long sought - without North Korea giving up something significant. Pyongyang has pursued its nuclear program in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

As tensions increased, Trump and Kim traded insults.

Judging from his positive statements and tweets, Mr. Trump is not quite the lousy nuclear-button, trigger-happy warmonger that some critics have portrayed him as.

Trump's North Korea rants hit their height between August and October a year ago, when he repeatedly called Kim "rocket man," described him as "a madman", and threatened North Korea with "fire and fury".

And the specter of presidential talks also prompted Democrats to urge staffing upgrades at the White House and State Department.

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