Seoul sees N.Korea caution in talks silence; Tillerson expects contact

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North Korea has notoriously violated worldwide agreements on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, walked out of the Six Party Talks in 2008, and breached United Nations sanctions on the regime. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the US and even where the two leaders might meet.

Chung announced last week that Trump said he would meet Kim by May "to achieve permanent denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula. Tillerson says China "is going to have a stake in how this all this all turns out".

A summit between two nations that have remained in a state of war since the Korean War would be a remarkable turnabout after a year of heightened tensions. The South Korean officials are on a mission to broker denuclearization talks between the North and the United States.

However, it would allow Kim and Trump to meet without travelling far from either of their respective security forces or to be seen kowtowing in an "enemy" capital. But Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Sunday that no additional conditions are being stipulated. Kim is likely to raise the possibility of such a treaty along with establishing diplomatic relations and moving toward nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the USA leader, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday, citing an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office.

"While US aircraft carriers have taken part in joint South Korea-US exercises in the past, it has been decided that none will be coming for the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises", a US military official told Korea's Hankyoreh website on March 8, 2018. Pyongyang declared past year that it had pulled off the remarkable feat of becoming a nuclear power - a move thought to be aimed at gaining leverage in talks with the U.S. For so long, the United States has sent aircraft carriers and jet fighters in the seas close to the Korean peninsula and stationed some 20,000 American troops in South Korea. -North Korea summit talks to be held by May, he will likely pursue diplomacy with Japan afterward. "When you get in a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high", he said.

Both Trump and Kim would also need to be prepared to offer each other concessions outside the strict parameters of the denuclearization negotiations, Blaney suggested.

Kono said he respects Seoul's efforts in working to make the summits a reality.

The 2018-2022 forecast said that, in particular, South Korea's T-50A is well placed to secure the Advanced Pilot Training (APT) project that could be worth some 14 trillion won (US$13 billion).

"It is up to the parties involved to decide if, when and where the talks will be held", the ministry said in a statement.

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