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Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting: Rex Tillerson urges patience

Japanese participants clap as South Korean pastor Ham Sei-ung gives a welcoming address during a meeting to discuss peace on the Korean Peninsula and the protection of Japan's peace constitution at the Citizens&apos Hall of Seoul City Hall on March Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting: Rex Tillerson urges patience
Cassandra Gardner | 13 March, 2018, 07:05

Because they are state-run, all newspapers, radio and television broadcasters and the official news agency are without fail on message.

Last week, Trump pressed ahead with steep import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent for aluminum, but exempted Canada and Mexico and offered the possibility of excluding other allies, backtracking from an earlier "no-exceptions" stance. "North Korea talks", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The US-North Korea politics made a breakthrough on Friday when Kim Jong invited Trump for a meeting, and the latter duly accepted to meet by May.

"(The government) will deploy all possible means to respond to US steel tariffs measures and make an all-out effort", he added, without elaborating.

The US expects North Korea to halt all nuclear and missile testing in advance of any meeting, Mr Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday news shows. South Korean President Moon Jae-in also plans to hold a summit with Kim by the end of April.

Japan's leader is calling on North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization. "We have not heard anything directly back from North Korea although we expect to hear something", he said in the Nigerian capital Abuja. "I would say remain patient, and we'll see what happens", he said. "If so, the meeting will go on as planned".

US national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed UN Security Council envoys in NY on Monday.

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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.

"Talk is certainly better than war", she said.

Mr Taro Kono told Mr Suh Hoon, the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, that he was grateful for Seoul's efforts, which have brought a turnaround in the tense situation, the spokesman said in a statement.

President Trump has been very optimistic about the chances of these talks.

In Geneva, the United Nations investigator on North Korea told the world body's Human Rights Council that any progress in the nuclear and security dialogue must be accompanied by talks on human rights violations, including political prison camps. It has continued to warn the United States and Japan against war-mongering, but its rhetoric has been tame compared with threats exchanged at the height of tensions past year.

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