Published: Tue, March 13, 2018

Kim Jong un meeting only if North Korea fulfils promises: White House

Kim Jong un meeting only if North Korea fulfils promises: White House

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "in the driver's seat at the moment", Wendy Sherman the former chief U.S. nuclear negotiator with Iran who also advised President Bill Clinton on North Korea told CNN.

Mr Trump said last week that he had accepted an offer to meet with Mr Kim - an agreement that would make him the first sitting U.S. president to meet face-to-face with a North Korean leader.

Kono also said Japan would be willing to provide money for International Atomic Energy Agency inspections if needed.

He stressed that North Korea must stick to the commitments that were relayed by South Korean officials who met with Kim last week and then came to Washington and briefed Trump. "If so, the meeting will go on as planned".

The "greatest risk", she said, is "that the President and his team give this an effort, but because they don't get every single thing that they want that they say it's hopeless, and really create the prerequisite for war".

"I think it's going to be very important that those conversations are held quietly" between Washington and Pyongyang, Tillerson said.

The Security Council has imposed tough economic sanctions aimed at choking off revenue to Pyongyang's military programs after Kim's regime carried out a sixth nuclear test and a series of advanced missile launches.

Joongang Ilbo, another South Korean daily, reported that Kim may have offered denuclearization of the sort the US seeks, provided that the USA can guarantee the continuity of the Kim government.

The message may also have stated that Kim is willing to see some US forces remain in South Korea, the article speculated.

A date and location for the meeting have yet to be announced, although it is expected to take place in the next few months.

In an interview en route to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declined to discuss the timing and scale of the exercises. The South's Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae Hyun said yesterday: "I feel they are approaching this matter with caution, and they need time to organise their stance".

Later, at a political rally in Pennsylvania, when Trump mentioned Kim's name, the crowd booed.

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