China's Xi says looks forward to smooth US-North Korea talks

Four days after the surprise announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet the North’s Kim Jong Un by May Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries

South Korean envoys are visiting Japan, China and Russian Federation to brief the countries on planned inter-Korean talks and a meeting between North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

"We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit", ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a regular news conference.

'I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance'.

The South Korean officials who took Kim's invitation to Washington are visiting China and Japan this week to update their neighbors on the talks.

Also during Monday's meeting, Kim pledged to pursue the government's "New Southern Policy" and "New Northern Policy" as well as actively make inroads into markets in the Middle East and Latin America.

National Security Council chief Chung Eui-yong and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon are heading to China, Japan and Russian Federation to brief them on their recent trip to North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday that he is ready to hold a summit with Kim by the end of May.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and envoys dispatched by South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed at a meeting in Pyongyang to hold an inter-Korean summit late next month.

A location has not been decided for the North Korea-U.S. summit while Kim Jong Un and Moon will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom straddling the border between the two Koreas.

On the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement marking its six-year anniversary this year, Kim said South Korea will participate in talks on revising the deal seeking to yield balanced results, with top priority placed on national interest.

South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon speaks during his inaugural ceremony in Sejong government complex in Sejong, South Korea, June 15, 2017.

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