JSA is a likely option for US-NK summit: S. Korean official

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Four days after the surprise announcement that President Trump (left) has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May, Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries.

Japan's leader is calling on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization.

The sanctions resolutions ban North Korean exports of commodities and severely restricted shipments of oil and fuel to the isolated state.

"The offer was made and we've accepted".

He said Japan, South Korea and the USA should discuss details of their strategy ahead of the planned talks between the US and North Korea "in order to make the dialogue a meaningful one".

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

Secretary Tillerson also said it would take "some weeks" to arrange the meeting.

"It's very early stages".

"The reported outcomes of those meetings are powerful signs of hope compared to dangerously escalating tensions and military confrontation of the recent past, and provide major encouragement to President Moon Jae-in's diplomatic engagement with the North", the World Council of Churches said in a statement. President Moon will meet with Kim in April, while President Trump will meet with the North Korean leader by the end of May.

The South claims the North is willing to discuss denuclearization, but it likely will only do so on terms the US should never accept. Kim may offer to give up his nukes for USA forces' pullout from South Korea and a signed peace treaty.

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".but, again they - they cannot engage in missile testing, they cannot engage in nuclear testing and they can't publicly object to the U". -South Korean military exercises.

Can the talks take us from the edge of co-annihilation to the possibility of co-existence? "They have pushed this message through the South Koreans to us".

During the meeting, McMaster and Haley urged the worldwide community to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime and asked Council members to devote the political will and resources necessary to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions to hold the regime accountable.

"But we are determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words match with deeds, and real progress toward denuclearisation".

Speaking after meeting Suh, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by global society.

USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Monday that Washington is optimistic about an opportunity for President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but is determined to keep up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize.

Xi told Chung the peninsula was "facing an important opportunity of mitigation and dialogue", according to state broadcaster CCTV.

China was the host and convener of the Six-Party Talks, a 2003-2007 process that saw North Korean representatives sit down with delegates from the United States and four other countries to discuss ending the North's nuclear program in exchange for incentives. For decades, North Korea has used bait-and-switch tactics, staging provocations interspersed with offers to negotiate.

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.

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