Seoul envoy thanks China for role in N. Korea nuclear talks


North Korean media have reported the South Korean visit, but no details of the talks.

"We know that they have responded due to that, and they have pushed this message through the South Koreans to us".

"The offer was made and we've accepted".

He said Japan, South Korea and the United States should discuss details of their strategy ahead of the planned talks between the USA and North Korea "in order to make the dialogue a meaningful one".

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

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Observers say the meeting has raised expectations of progress in resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.

"We are all agreed that we are optimistic about this opportunity", McMaster told reporters after the closed-door meeting at the USA mission to the United Nations.

"(South Korean) President Moon Jae-in believes that the leadership of the Chinese government, especially the leadership ability of President Xi, has played a big role in this", Chung said.

"Now more than ever, the president must empower our diplomats and nuclear non-proliferation experts to work with our allies to carefully coordinate our efforts in seeking a pathway towards denuclearization of North Korea".

Kim has yet to publicly confirm his invitation to meet with Trump in a bid to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, and officials in Seoul and Washington say the exact location and timing of any summit remain to be determined.

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"North Korea's desire to meet to discuss denuclearization - while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing - is evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working", Pence said in a statement. Ahead of Trump's decision to accept Kim's offer of talks, Pyongyang agreed to pause its nuclear and missile testing, but made no commitment to halt its research and development on ballistic missiles - which is hard, if not impossible, for the Americans to trace. That doesn't seem to be the case here - this South Korean-brokered meeting has come somewhat out of the blue. I think that he's playing to the President's ego and the President's weaknesses by flattering him and by inviting had to Pyongyang.

Very. The US and North Korea have no diplomatic ties and leaders of the two nations have never met.

USA national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed UN Security Council envoys in NY on Monday.

Meanwhile, in New York, US' National Security Advisor HR McMaster and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, briefed members of the UN Security Council on developments related to North Korea.

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

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According to the report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said the meeting wouldn't take place "until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".

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