South Korea's national security director on Monday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping's role in nudging North Korea toward denuclearization talks, following word of a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The two Koreas intend to hold a summit next month, with a meeting between USA and North Korean leaders expected to follow.
Kim's desire for a meeting with Trump was made public Thursday, amid North Korea's continued testing of a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles, which has resulted in heated exchanges between the world leaders. When asked whether Trump would consider travelling to Pyongyang, White House principal deputy secretary Raj Shah said, "I don't think that that's highly likely but again, I'm not going to rule anything out". Tokyo's foreign minister said Japan would work closely with Seoul and Washington on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula calling the situation a near "miracle".
He favored keeping peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as key issues in any bilateral, regional or global negotiations.
Speaking after meeting Suh, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono credited recent changes in North Korea's position to increased pressure by global society.
Tillerson says many steps must occur before the meeting between Trump and Kim. -North Korea summit talks to be held in the coming months.
This is all very odd and abrupt, but really does signal a potential change in policy; this can only be good for worldwide relations and more importantly, the subjugated people of North Korea.
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Xi Jinping took over as general secretary of the Communist Party and became China's President in 2013, a year later. China's government is tightening its grip on markets and encouraging state enterprises to grow and consolidate.
But the uncertainty still lingers over plans for the first-ever meeting of a serving US president and a North Korean leader.
"We are very grateful to China for its consistent position", he said.
The dramatic turn of events follows a flaring of tensions up until late a year ago as the North continued its nuclear and missile tests despite strong condemnation from the worldwide community.
"I believe they will honour that commitment", the president said.
Trump would be the first sitting USA president to meet with a North Korean leader. The bill was approved following the death of Otto Warmbier of Wyoming, Ohio, after he had been held in a North Korean prison.
Whatever are the reasons and whoever were the principle actors in the chain of recent events, the main thing is to have President Trump meet face-to-face with Kim Jong-un and come up with a solution that may include the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and save the world a nuclear war. North Korea has said that for it to give up nuclear weapons, the safety of its regime must be guaranteed and the military threat against it must be removed. Although many pundits were predicting all sorts of nightmarish scenarios, up to and including an attack by North Korea during the Games, nearly the very opposite scenario transpired.