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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet: what happens next?

10 March 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction Friday between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations", arguing that President Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong Un shouldn't be construed as anything more than that.

The two Koreas also agreed to hold summit-level talks at the border village of Panmunjom, located in the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which acts as the de facto border between North and South Korea. The countries remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted about "Great progress being made" and a "Meeting being planned", adding that "sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached".

China's cooperation on implementing sanctions against North Korea is key to the U.S. campaign to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear programs.

Trump heralded the development as a "major announcement" after speaking with the South Korean president. North Korea, though, has yet to provide more details.

Chung and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon flew to Washington earlier on Thursday to explain North Korea's stance on possible future talks with the USA, and the prospect of Pyongyang suspending nuclear tests if the security of the North's government is assured.

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The meeting plans come after Kim Jong Un and President Trump have traded insults and threats of war.

Analysts say Trump's decision to accept Kim's invitation for a summit and to do it by May could be linked in part to a desire to claim a significant achievement in his most hard foreign policy challenge before the USA midterm elections in November.

Russian Federation said talk of a meeting was "a step in the right direction", while China welcomed a "positive signal by the U.S. and North Korea".

Senator Lindsey Graham offered a word of warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un after President Trump accepted his invitation to meet. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time.

President Trump is crediting his hardline stance of maximizing pressure on the North.

The conventional view in the U.S.is that the Kim dynasty uses negotiations to win concessions. He has derided Kim by referring to him as "Little Rocket Man".

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Should he find himself in Pyongyang, Trump, who has spent the past year insulting Kim, could add to the jovial atmosphere - he has also recently been experimenting with self-deprecating humor.

It seems the Trump administration was nearly as surprised as everyone else that talks between the two leaders are in the works.

China's sanctions on North Korea have stemmed from its desire to curb an arms race in its region. "India supports all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Korean peninsula through dialogue and diplomacy", Kumar said.

Evans Revere, a former senior State Department official experienced in negotiating with North Korea, warned there is a disconnect between how the North and the US describes "denuclearization" of the divided Korean Peninsula. But the proposal for a summit still came as a surprise, and will raise questions about whether the two sides are ready for such a high-level meeting.

"We've been seeing this guy on the national stage now long enough to know that so often it's just all talk, it's all bluster", he said. Trump has previously said that North Korea is the "last place on Earth I want to go". -South Korea military drills "must continue". It was his latest move in a strategy that began in January with his surprise decision to fully participate in the South's Winter Olympics.

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet: what happens next?