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Still, Rubio said he has no real disagreement with the current strategic approach of the Trump administration in regard to North Korea.

Chung said Trump had agreed to meet by May in response to Kim's invitation.

He said North Korea's participation and the world's support for inter-Korean peace have made the PyeongChang Olympics last month a huge success and a tremendous gift for South Korea.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that his nation is hopeful that all parties to the talks will "show their political courage", according to an Associated Press report, and that China supports "positive inter-Korean and U.S".

The announcement was confirmed by the White House.

The face-to-face encounter between two men who until recently were insulting one another as a "dotard" and "Little Rocket Man" is slated to take place by May, but there is so far no indication of where it might be staged.

"I think that history speaks for itself", the official said, adding "as President Moon expressed, he believes that we're at this juncture precisely because of the approach President Trump has taken with maximum pressure".

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet in person "by May" to discuss nuclear disarmament.

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He made the statement after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new set of US-drafted sanctions on North Korea for its November ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products, crude oil and its earnings from overseas workers.

The US president also hailed the progress but added that sanctions imposed on the country will remain in place.

Meanwhile, a senior U.S. administration official said during a conference call that verification must be part of any deal with North Korea for permanent denuclearization. He's oscillated between threats and insults directed at Kim, and more conciliatory rhetoric.

Trump, who has ramped up economic sanctions on North Korea to force it to negotiate on giving up its nukes, has threatened the pariah nation with "fire and fury" if its threats against the United States and its allies continued. Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, is standing behind him.

Chung and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon flew to Washington earlier on Thursday to explain North Korea's stance on possible future talks with the U.S., and the prospect of Pyongyang suspending nuclear tests if the security of the North's government is assured.

USA lawmakers appeared to be cautiously optimistic about the dramatic easing of tension between Washington and Pyongyang. The drills are expected to resume next month.

He als0 threatened in a speech to the United Nations previous year to "totally destroy" North Korea if it attacked the United States or one of its allies.

Chung thanked Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, the national security team and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, saying that Mr. Trump's leadership and his pressure policies, along with "international solidarity", led to this juncture. After all, America has wanted a denuclearized North Korea for decades. "I will happily give you credit".


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