White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

National Defense building in Seoul

National Defense building in Seoul

He also briefed Xi on his recent trip to Washington to arrange a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim.

Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, said yesterday that "no additional conditions [were] being stipulated" for a proposed summit on denuclearisation.

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

Asked if the North Korean silence meant there was a chance the meeting between Trump and Kim would not take place, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We fully expect that it will".

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Mr Trump boasted about the meeting on Twitter, writing that there was "great progress being made" and a "meeting being planned!" "As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for", Yang said. "I renew my call for the president to appoint an American ambassador to South Korea and a new top diplomat for North Korea issues as soon as possible".

Kim Jung-un can, on the other hand, claim the opposite; that his success in the missile and nuclear spheres that brought U.S. territories within their reach can be credited for the breakthrough.

When asked whether the message concerned the release of three American hostages in North Korea, as had been speculated before the South's delegation arrived in the USA, the source denied it, saying that the message is more "comprehensive in content". It's impacted Kim Jong Un's behavior.

"If they do decide to denuclearize, it will be a temporary denuclearization that they will agree to", said Carranza.

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He added: "Should we succeed, there will be dramatic changes in world history, and (South) Korea will have played the leading role". -North Korea summit talks to be held by May, he will likely pursue diplomacy with Japan afterward.

North Korea's state media is yet to report on the developments and the regime has not so far respond officially to Trump's acceptance of the invitation to talks.

Academic Koh Yu-hwan, who teaches North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said the north has wanted a peace treaty to end the more than 60-year-old ceasefire between the Asian country and the United States. Kim has pushed his isolated nation closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the US mainland. Pyongyang might have taken such a step to maximize its bargaining power without crossing any red lines, which would result in a USA military assault.

"There's a history of North Korea and other countries, like Iran, talking about getting rid of their nuclear program", Davis said.

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