Moon says next two months critical to peace, denuclearization

North Korea could also be delaying its response to prepare the political battlespace by creating distance between the USA and its allies and ensuring Pyongyang's long list of grievances is on the table before talks begin. "When you get in a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high", he said.

The meeting between Trump and Kim would be the first time a sitting USA president has met with North Korea's leader since the Korean War.

When pressed on the location of the meeting, Tillerson said no agreements have been reached. South Korean President Moon Jae-in played a pivotal role in all these fast moving developments and can be credited for orchestrating them.

The remark was made after Trump agreed to meet with the North's leader by May, accepting Kim's offer to meet as soon as possible. Xi told Chung the peninsula was "facing an important opportunity of mitigation and dialogue", according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Abe made the call Tuesday during a meeting in Tokyo with Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service.

"We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-U.S. summit", said Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman for the ministry, in a regular press conference.

While the most pressing agenda for Seoul would be the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the North, practical negotiations are expected to take place in the summit between Kim and President Donald Trump the following month.

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, who chairs the council's North Korea sanctions committee, told reporters "we have to continue implementing the sanctions as they stand". Kono said a verbal promise of denuclearization is not enough and that he and Suh agreed that the two sides, along with the USA, will keep pressuring North Korea until it fulfills the promise with concrete actions. Shah told ABC's This Week that the North Koreans "cannot engage in missile testing, they cannot engage in nuclear testing and they can't publicly object to the US-South Korea planned military exercises".

South Korea and USA officials are reportedly in discussions over how to conduct upcoming large-scale military drills- largely meant as a display of military might- without provoking the North Korean government.

"The North has yet to take the necessary actions to facilitate such a trip", Yonhap reported on March 12.

The North Korean leader reportedly expressed a commitment to denuclearisation. -South Korean war games.

Xi said Chung had achieved "positive results" in his visits to North Korea and the United States last week, which led to the diplomatic breakthrough.

Vanessa Coleman