Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

China Must Not Weaken Sanctions Against N.Korea

China Must Not Weaken Sanctions Against N.Korea

"The offer was made and we've accepted", Sanders said.

A Pentagon spokesperson decline to confirm what military assets would take part in the drills, but United States officials have said that the USA will continue its strategy of flexing its military muscle towards North Korea until Kim shows he's serious about giving up his nuclear ambitions.

Tillerson says the first meeting will be about Trump and Kim "getting a sense of one another" and determining whether there is the space and will to accomplish something together on the North's nuclear weapons program.

"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organise their stance".

"Nothing's been agreed and I don't want to start floating ideas out through the media", Tillerson said in Abuja alongside Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

The goal of the meeting remains denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, something Kim has agreed to discuss, they said.

Kim has yet to publicly confirm his invitation to meet with Trump in a bid to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, and officials in Seoul and Washington say the exact location and timing of any summit remain to be determined.

The U.S. side has dropped its condition that North Korea take real measures to end its nuclear program before talks can begin.

Trump said he believes North Korea will abide by its pledge to suspend missile tests while he prepares for the summit.

Asked in a Fox News interview due to air on Monday evening whether there was a real possibility of North Korea denuclearizing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said: "We'll see, as the president often says". "We would celebrate... until President Trump gets home and we realize that he forgot to sign the last page".

The unlikely to deploy an aircraft carrier, which is considered a "strategic asset", during the drills, the Yonhap News Agency reported Monday. "South Korea planned military exercises".

South Korea's Hyundai Motor will pay higher raw material costs due to Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminium, a senior South Korean government official said last week.

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.

In Beijing, Mr Xi told Mr Chung that the Korean peninsula faces an opportunity for talks to ease the situation.

Xi's leadership has played "a big role" in these "positive changes", Chung told the Chinese president, adding that Seoul expects China to continue to play an "active and leading role".

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