The White House plans to schedule a full day of meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 with a possible extension if needed, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a briefing on Friday.
Among the biggest concerns is a question of sequence: The U.S.so far has insisted that North Korea completely abandon its nuclear program before the Trump administration eases its "maximum pressure campaign" of sanctions and diplomatic isolation.
US officials had called for North Korea to take bold actions and concrete steps toward denuclearization.
"We have a shared vision for what we hope when this process is completed the Korean peninsula looks like".
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha stressed that sanctions against Pyongyang would not be lifted until it had taken concrete steps to denuclearise. "We have a good understanding, and I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are".
"We would like to express out deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home". North Korea's mountainous geography and years of insularity would make ensuring North Korea had verifiably given up its entire nuclear capability extremely hard.
While denying there will be any provision of economic support to North Korea for the time being, Abe said Japan would have to share with the global community the cost of nuclear inspections by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency in North Korea.
He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor. "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea". To the US, that means the North giving up the nuclear weapons it has already built.
North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong Chul, director of the country's United Front Department, boasted in a toast to Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang on Wednesday that North Korea had "perfected" it nuclear capability.
"We wish these Americans and their families the best, as they reconnect after a very hard time apart", Pompeo said.