Politics Tillerson says several steps needed for U.S. talks with North Korea

22:40  12 march  2018
22:40  12 march  2018 Source:   Reuters

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Tillerson visits officials in Chad © REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Tillerson visits officials in Chad

Several steps will be necessary to agree the location and scope of talks between the United States and North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday.

Tillerson has been involved in discussions within the U.S. administration on a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"There will be several steps necessary to agree on location, agree on the scope of those discussions. It's very early stages. We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea but we expect to hear something directly from them," he said during a visit to Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

S Korea to send high-level officials to North for talks

  S Korea to send high-level officials to North for talks South Korea's presidential office says a 10-member government delegation is to visit North Korea this week for talks on how to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.&nbsp;The Blue House said Sunday the delegation led by national security director Chung Eui-yong is to fly to Pyongyang on Monday for a two-day visit that includes talks with unidentified senior North Korean officials.

He was speaking at the end of a week-long trip to five African countries.

Tillerson did not clarify which steps were needed for the talks and declined to comment on potential locations.

It would be the first face-to-face encounter between any leaders of the two countries and potentially marks a major breakthrough in easing tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Tillerson has cut short his first trip to Africa since becoming the top U.S. diplomat in order to return to Washington on Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule, to deal with urgent work.

(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

Trump's firing of Tillerson came after months of disagreements .
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