No new conditions on North Korea before talks

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The Republican president agreed on Thursday to accept an invitation from the North Korean leader to meet by May after months of escalating tensions over Pyongyang's advancing nuclear and missile programmes.

The sanctions resolutions ban North Korean exports of commodities and severely restricted shipments of oil and fuel to the isolated state.

Mattis was among the advisers in the White House on Thursday when Trump made a decision to accept Kim's offer to meet.

He says Russia, South Korea and Japan will as well.

He told Xi that China is playing a major role of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, and Xi vowed to "strengthen communication channels" with South Korea to deal with the nuclear standoff.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance". "It's very early stages", Tillerson said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in also plans to hold a summit with Kim by the end of April.

News of possible talks has been a dramatic turnaround from fears of war over North Korea's development of nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States.

While China remains North Korea's only ally and main economic lifeline, relations between the two neighbours have soured as Xi, under pressure from Trump, has backed a slew of United Nations sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests. "I would say remain patient, and we'll see what happens", he said. A dozen White House officials including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff John Kelly were also present, along with McMaster, Mattis, and Haspel. -South Korea planned military exercises'.

All this heightens the dangers posed by Trump's impulsive decision, which already gives the North Koreans a huge win in the validation and recognition of a face-to-face meeting with a sitting USA president.

Even as the world reacts, North Korea has maintained silence, not responding to Trump's announcement last week.

The unlikely to deploy an aircraft carrier, which is considered a "strategic asset", during the drills, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

"We know the maximum pressure campaign is working", Sanders said.

Davis, a Republican, noted previous administrations tried to entice North Korea's government with financial incentives, and yet North Korea had no intention of doing away with its nuclear program. The administration officials credited toughened economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, and pushed by the U.S., with helping bring Kim to the brink of negotiations.

Dongkuk Steel Mill Co. fell 0.49 percent to 10,200 won and Korea Zinc Inc. lost 1.21 percent to 489,500 won as the US government pushes to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

But Seoul, which has sought to improve its strained ties with Beijing, sent its national security adviser Chung Eui-yong to brief Xi on the recent breakthrough on Monday and thank him for his help.

A White House statement said Xi had welcomed to prosper of talks during a call with Mr Trump on Friday.

Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay worldwide action while strengthening its nuclear program.



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