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World Trump decided "himself" on talks with N.Korea - Sec Of State Tillerson

12:07  09 march  2018
12:07  09 march  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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. 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.

a group of people standing in a room: South KoreaÕs national security chief Chung Eui-yong briefs U.S. President Donald Trump at the Oval Office © REUTERS South KoreaÕs national security chief Chung Eui-yong briefs U.S. President Donald Trump at the Oval Office

DJIBOUTI, March 9 - U.S. President Donald Trump made the decision to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday, but the talks will take "some weeks" to arrange.

Trump has said he was prepared to meet Kim in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries' leaders and potentially mark a major breakthrough in nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.

"That is a decision the president took himself. I spoke to him very early this morning about that decision and we had a very good conversation," Tillerson told reporters during a visit to the African nation of Djibouti.

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

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

"President Trump has said for some time that he was open to talks and he would willingly meet with Kim when conditions were right," the top U.S. diplomat said.

"And I think in the president's judgment that time has arrived now."

He said the United States was surprised at how "forward-leaning" Kim was in his conversations with a visiting South Korean delegation. He said it was the strongest indication to date of Kim's "not just willingness but really his desire for talks."

(Reporting by pool reporters Writing by Katharine Houreld and Maggie Fick Editing by Hugh Lawson)


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