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Cheong Wa Dae plans to iron out the main issues through talks with North Korea and the U.S.in April and May, before proceeding to four-party or six-party talks.

He also visited Washington last week, when U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May to discuss the North's nuclear programme.

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

South Korea's national security adviser is visiting China to seek support and cooperation ahead of summit talks between the leaders of the USA and North Korea.

China is North Korea's only diplomatic ally and its most important trade partner.

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'We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit, ' said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for the ministry, in a regular press conference.

"The current change in North Korea was achieved by the maximum pressure campaign conducted together by Japan, South Korea and the U.S.", Kono told reporters soon after the meeting, which lasted for nearly three hours. A location has not been decided for the North Korea-US summit, while Kim and Moon will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the border of the two Koreas.

"We are looking forward to the smooth holding of the summit meeting between the two Koreas and the dialogue between North Korea and the USA and achieving concrete progress in promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between each other", Xi said. Kono said a verbal promise of denuclearization is not enough and that he and Suh agreed that the two sides, along with the USA, will keep pressuring North Korea until it fulfills the promise with concrete actions.

The North's official news agency has been lauding the two sides' efforts to thaw relations, but state media have continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering.