Xi welcomes N.Korea talks

Four days after the surprise announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet the North’s Kim Jong Un by May Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries

It added: "The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialog between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation".

Speculation is swirling over what "special message" a South Korean envoy delivered to U.S. President Donald Trump from North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, with guesses ranging from an invitation to set up an embassy in Pyongyang to a suggestion that full denuclearization is on the table. We know, we've already seen it with tariffs, Trump's ability to make big statements because he doesn't understand details of the policy and then people have to walk it back that actually implement, is overwhelming. Time and place to be determined.

But less than 24 hours later, the White House appeared to hedge somewhat and call into question whether the meeting would ever come to fruition.

Chung had spoken to Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat, for three hours prior to meeting Mr Xi, the South Koreans said.

The experts believe that North Korea could announce an extension of its freeze on missile and nuclear tests.

Choi also said it was a surreal experience for him to see North Koreans at the athletes' village and at the games. The Trump administration, however, says its "maximum pressure" campaign will remain in place until a deal is reached.

Japan has welcomed the Trump-Kim meeting announcement, but stressed that Pyongyang must take "concrete actions" for talks to be meaningful. The envisioned meeting would be a historic first between leaders of the two Cold War foes.

"I don't think we should hold out hope for automatic change and a miraculous change in the North Korean intentions", he said.

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Shah offered no commitment that Trump would raise the issue with Kim of releasing three Americans now held by North Korea.

He also pointed out that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was out of the loop on this crucial decision.

Shah told ABC's "This Week" that the North Koreans "cannot engage in missile testing, they cannot engage in nuclear testing and they can't publicly object to the U.S. By the way, neither would [former President George W.] Bush or [former President Bill] Clinton", Trump said.

The story so far: President Donald Trump accepted North Korea's invitation for direct talks with Kim Jong Un, to be held by May.

Chinese President XI JINPING and I spoke at length about the meeting with KIM JONG UN of North Korea.

"There are lots of choices that are going to have to be made, and if the President feels that they all have to go the way that the United States wants them to go, we probably won't get to an agreement - and we probably will find ourselves at war". China continues to be helpful!

White House spokesman Raj Shah said no location has been determined for the talks, but it's unlikely Mr. Trump will go to North Korea.

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