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Donald Trump to meet Kim Jon-un in May, creating history

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Nellie Chapman | 10 March, 2018, 23:42

North Korean media noted a visit by a senior delegation from South Korea earlier this week but it appeared to have had no major coverage of Kim's invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump or South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the future of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. The official also said there are no plans to suspend the upcoming planned military exercises with South Korea.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has spoken with a number of world leaders after he was briefed on North Korean by the visiting South Korean national security adviser.

Sometimes, talks fail. Reagan and Gorbachev's hastily arranged arms reduction talks in 1986 failed to produce a deal, but did result in iconic photos of the two leaders smiling together in the final years of the Cold War.

"In the first hours after hearing that North Korea's leader wanted to meet with me to talk denuclearization and that missile launches will end, the press was startled & amazed", Trump claimed.

The head of South Korea's National Security Office, Chung Eui-yong, speaking in Washington on Thursday after briefing Trump about a meeting South Korean officials held with Kim this week, said the United States president had agreed to meet the North Korean leader by May in response to an invitation from Kim.

"My comments have been that the conditions are not right for negotiations", Tillerson said in Djibouti.

North Korea, meanwhile, has over 20 years of experience negotiating with the USA and is fully aware of the country's weak points. Should the talks ever take place - a big if, especially after the White House's gyrations on Friday - Kim Jong Un and President Trump will both lack a firm understanding of where the other side stands.

Former US ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson has negotiated with numerous world's pariah leaders, from Saddam Hussein to Myanmar's military dictators to former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. -North Korea talks, he agreed to meet with Kim in late April before Trump made his announcement.

In the nuclear crisis in the early 1990s, the then USA administration of President Bill Clinton looked into the use of force, a move that contributed to Pyongyang coming to the negotiating table and the conclusion of the Agreed Framework between the two countries.

Instead, Kim only promised to stop nuclear and ballistic missile testing and said he accepted the right of the US and South Korea to move forward with joint military exercises later this year. Analysts say North Korea has been seeking a summit with American leaders as a way to secure worldwide legitimacy, something that has prevented past USA administration's from taking Pyongyang up on its invitations. That included avoiding low-level negotiations that have failed in the past in favour of talking directly to Kim as the "one person who can actually make decisions instead of repeating the. long slog of the past", the official said. The deputy secretary of state John Sullivan sat in on Thursday's meeting with South Korean officials, where they presented North Korea's message and offer.

"We're not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".

As you may have noticed from the timeline above, North Korean nuclear milestones tend to occur around the month of October.

In telephone talks on Friday, Abe sought Trump's cooperation in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. The North Koreans could agree to a nuclear testing freeze and stop conducting the missile tests that threaten their neighbors. "... Sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached".

Trump praised a possible future agreement with the communist North as "very good" for the global community as a whole in a Friday tweet.

US Vice President Mike Pence said the move was "evidence that President Trump's strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working". The North has also, according to the US, repeatedly cheated on past nuclear deals.