Abe briefed by S.Korean envoy

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Senior administration officials had to dissuade Trump from meeting Kim in April and convince him to wait until May, after the leaders of North and South Korea hold their own summit.

It's the only spot along the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North Korean troops stand face-to-face with South Korean and United Nations Command forces. "North Korea made several promises and we hope that they would stick to those promises and, if so, the meeting will go on as planned", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

In a Friday phone call with Trump, Xi praised the USA leader's "positive" move, saying he hoped the United States and North Korea would start talking as soon as possible and that China was devoted to solving the nuclear issue through dialogue.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Monday that Japan was ready to "fully" support inspections of North Korea's nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency if Pyongyang accepted the scrutiny.

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Tillerson says the first meeting will be about Trump and Kim "getting a sense of one another" and determining whether there is the space and will to accomplish something together on the North's nuclear weapons program. "It's very early stages", Tillerson said.

"The Chinese traditionally have always anxious about the U.S. and North Korea cutting a deal at their expense", she said, adding that "people in the United States have always laughed at those concerns". The South Korean officials who carried Mr Kim's invitation to Washington will split up to visit the leaders of China and Japan this week to update them on the talks, a South Korean presidential official said on Sunday.

China wants North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile tests but also South Korea and the U.S.to halt their annual military exercises. 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.

"President Trump isn't doing this for theater".

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

Chung headed to Beijing to meet with President Xi Jin Ping on Monday, News 1 reported. South Korea needs to make sure that China does not try to undermine the push to a full scrapping of the North's nuclear program. "They have pushed this message through the South Koreans to us".

In Beijing, Mr Xi told Mr Chung that the Korean peninsula faces an opportunity for talks to ease the situation.

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.

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It said to further bolster the country's export potential, there is a need to strive for economies of scale to lower unit price, as well as for good coordination between the various government ministries that handle diplomacy, defense and industry. It is the first title from CJ HK Entertainment, a joint venture between South Korea's media and entertainment company CJ E&M and the Vietnamese studio HK Film. It has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering, but its rhetoric has been tame compared with threats exchanged at the height of tensions a year ago.

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