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Korea agree to maintain 'maximum pressure' on N. Korea

Korea agree to maintain 'maximum pressure' on N. Korea

A North Korean nuclear plant is seen before demolishing a cooling tower (R) in Yongbyon, in this photo taken June 27, 2008 and released by Kyodo.

North Korea has yet to respond over the possibility of a summit with US President Donald Trump, Seoul has revealed.

The United States on Monday (Mar 12) urged the United Nations Security Council to maintain sanctions on North Korea until there is real progress toward scrapping Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

But by yesterday, the only official word of the North's offer of a summit with Trump in exchange for a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests, had come from South Korea.

Tillerson says many steps must occur before the meeting between Trump and Kim.

"It's very early stages. I would say just remain patient and we'll see what happens".

The Trump-Kim summit is expected to take place by May of this year.

"Make no mistake about it, while these negotiations are going on, there will be no concession made", Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday". Should he fail to do so - which would effectively remove the USA from the deal - negotiating a new non-proliferation agreement with North Korea would prove immensely hard.

Kim has pushed his isolated nation closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the US mainland.

North Korean workers assemble jackets at a factory of a South Korean-owned company at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, in Kaesong, North Korea, on December 19, 2013.

China has recently expressed optimism that an agreement would be reached, likely hoping for a deal which includes the USA decreasing its military presence in the region in exchange for denuclearisation.

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"This potential meeting has been agreed to, there are no additional conditions being stipulated, but, again they cannot engage in missile testing, nuclear testing and they can't publicly object to the U.S".

"I think certainly the administration has successfully put sufficient pressure on the North Koreans through China, though others, and through our own activity to hopefully bring the North Koreans to the table in a meaningful way", he said.

"Amid uncertainty and anxiety running through the minds of all those involved in this process, experts warn "you can never be too careful" in a delicate situation like this and 'don't count your summits until they hatch.' Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House".

Suh is set to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday, the spokesman added.

In Beijing on Monday, Xi told Chung there was an important opportunity for talks.

"At the same time, all sides must exercise patience and be attentive, and show political wisdom, to appropriately face and dispel any problems and interference to resuming the talks process", state media cited Mr Xi as saying.

The U.S. and South Korea hold military maneuvers every year.

The meeting would mark the first time a sitting American president has met with a North Korean leader, noted Laura M. Luehrmann, Wright State University political science professor and director of the program in global and comparative politics.

Three in four South Koreans welcome North Korea's warmer tone on inter-Korean relations and its willingness to talk about denuclearization with the United States.

In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea told the world body's Human Rights Council that any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps. "The South Koreans are clearly heavily involved".