S. Korea to ease China over USA, N. Korea talks

President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. President Trump accepting a reported offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a stunnin

South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, who delivered the invitation to Trump after a visit by his delegation to Pyongyang, said Kim had offered to put Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program on the table. U.S. President Donald Trump accepting a reported offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a stunning turn of events after a year that saw them engage in a heated verbal warfare that included crude insults and mutual threats of nuclear attacks. Tillerson says China "is going to have a stake in how this all this all turns out".

"We will make clear what our stance is", Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said on Monday during a policy meeting in Seoul.

Kim has pushed his isolated nation closer to having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike the USA mainland.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria that the U.S. has not heard anything back from North Korea, although it does expects to hear something directly. Pyongyang declared past year that it had pulled off the remarkable feat of becoming a nuclear power - a move thought to be aimed at gaining leverage in talks with the U.S. Trump said Saturday that he believes North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests while he prepares for the summit. He says that it's in the "very early stages".

"They have often led to concessions being made to North Korea in return for talks", the official said.

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Joongang Ilbo, another South Korean daily, reported that Kim may have offered denuclearization of the sort the US seeks, provided that the USA can guarantee the continuity of the Kim government.

North Korea, however, hasn't said much of anything publicly since the talks were announced Thursday night.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in a statement Friday, also welcomed another summit planned for April between Kim and South Korea's president. "South Korea planned military exercises", he added.

North Korea's silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and South Korea is likely due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, according to South Korea's Ministry of Unification. White House officials downplayed this, saying they remain confident that the talks will take place.

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