From threats to peace talks

There are positive changes emerging on North Korea, according to China's top diplomat

Since US President Donald Trump announced last week he was willing to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un, speculation has mounted over where might be chosen to host the first-ever meeting between sitting leaders of the two countries.

Analysts say North Korea has been seeking a summit with American leaders as a way to secure worldwide legitimacy, something that has prevented past United States administration's from taking Pyongyang up on its invitations.

"There were agreements between the USA and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized", Koh said, saying the conditions were key. This is why the world looks forward to the meeting between US President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un this coming May.

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As recently as August, Trump tweeted about North Korea: "Talking is not the answer!" "Jeju has soul, born of tragedy, and beauty and nature", said Yonsei University Professor John Delury, who led a discussion of possible summit locations on Twitter.

Tillerson also stated that no venue for the meeting had been agreed upon, adding, "I think it's going to be very important that those conversations are held quietly" between the two nations.

The area has been the site of countless talks between the two sides following the Korean War (1950-53). They have made promises to stop nuclear and missile testing. Trump has vowed to prevent that, by force if necessary.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Japan wanted to see a resolution to the issue of past abductions of Japanese citizens from talks with North Korea and that North Korea must match its words with actions. But Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Sunday that no additional conditions are being stipulated.

The United States and North Korea fought on opposite sides of a war in the 1950s, and in the last two decades have been engaged in perhaps the world's most unsafe nuclear standoff, with 30,000 US military personnel stationed just over the border in the South. Kim has pilloried Trump as "senile" and a "dotard". "I would say just remain patient and we'll see what happens". "South Korea planned military exercises".

It is unclear what the USA government might offer in return. The administration officials credited toughened economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations, and pushed by the U.S., with helping bring Kim to the brink of negotiations.

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It's not clear. Most presidential summits take place after months of behind-the-scenes talks and with agendas and/or breakthroughs largely agreed in advance. Kim will be able to tell his people that America's president is kowtowing to him out of fear of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Trump then agreed to meet Kim by the end of May, he said. Trump said Saturday that he believes North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests while he prepares for the summit. Adding that "it is unnecessary for China, a major power to worry about North Korea 'turning to the United States, '" the editorial maintained that "if the Kim-Trump meeting will contribute to the denuclearization and peace that China desires the most, China has no reason to be unhappy about it".

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