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United States seeks 'concrete actions' from North Korea before talks

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And she refused to confirm when and where the historic meeting between Kim and Mr Trump would take place.

Sanders suggested North Korea would need to take steps toward denuclearizing, though North Korea has not made any commitment to do that before talks take place.

White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not happen unless the DPRK took concrete actions first. "What we know is that the maximum pressure campaign has clearly been effective".

Trump took office vowing to stop North Korea from attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.

"The patterns of U.S". North Korea, though, has yet to provide more details. Soon after, the White House announced Trump would be willing to sit down with Kim. "If North Korea disarms, President Trump's Nobel Peace Prize would be well deserved".

"We structured parameters", Jarrett said of her own experience with the nuclear deal with Iran.

"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation..." 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.

While North Korea is the immediate concern for Japan and its leaders, Dr. Kubo says China might, in fact, be an even more serious threat to Japan's security in the long run.

The basic question is this: Why give an entirely unreliable serial human-rights abuser like Kim Jong-Un what he most desires - the global stature that would come with this meeting - without some real assurance that North Korea, which has a long habit of breaking all agreements with the United States, is actually prepared to make an honest deal? North Korea is also holding three American citizens for what Washington views as political reasons.

Former advisor to both Republican and Democratic secretaries of state Aaron David Miller told VOA the Trump administration now lacks the experts on North Korea to prepare for direct talks.

A senior administration official said Trump was elected to take a different approach from previous presidents.

A former senior adviser to President Obama weighed in on news of President Trump's plan to meet with North Korea's leader, saying "We should all be rooting for him". As Max Boot writes in The Washington Post, the moratorium could mean they're busily working on how to fit a nuclear warhead on an ICBM while preliminary negotiations for chatting are ongoing.

"In terms of direct talks with the United States - and you asked negotiations, and we're a long ways from negotiations - I think. we just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it", Tillerson said.

But tension eased around last month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, laying the groundwork for what would be the first meeting between leaders from North Korea and the United States, and the biggest foreign policy gamble for Trump since he took office in January a year ago. Kim Jong Il met with a South Korean leader in 2000, in the month of June, pocketed $500 million in doing so, and then invited President Clinton to Pyongyang.

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