"We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea, although we expect to hear something directly from them", Tillerson said in Abuja, Nigeria, in response to a reporter's question about the timing and location of the meeting.
There is hope on many sides that some kind of agreement will finally be reached, hopefully an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile program, in exchange for recognition and economic assistance.
"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organize their stance".
South Korea, the third-largest steel exporter to the United States and a strategic ally on the Korean Peninsula, has already put in a request for a waiver. South Korean President Moon Jae-in also plans a summit to hold a summit with Kim by the end of April.
Under fire for agreeing to talks with North Korea, the White House responded by warning that no summit would occur unless Pyongyang took "concrete actions" over its nuclear program.
Trump made the announcement after the head of a South Korean delegation that met Kim last week said the North Korean leader had committed to denuclearization and pledged to refrain from nuclear and missile tests.
A council diplomat said the United States appeal to keep up sanctions pressure showed that Washington remained skeptical about prospects for a deal with Pyongyang on scrapping its nuclear program. President XI told me he appreciates that the U.S.is working to solve the problem diplomatically rather than going with the ominous alternative.
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Chung headed to Beijing to meet with President Xi Jin Ping on Monday, News 1 reported.
"But we are determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words match with deeds, and real progress toward denuclearization". -North Korea tensions helped lift oil prices and Asian shares.
External Link Trump tweet: "Spoke to Prime Minister Abe of Japan, who is very enthusiastic about talks with North Korea".
In Beijing, Mr Xi told Mr Chung that the Korean peninsula faces an opportunity for talks to ease the situation.
The Asan Institute's Go Myong-Hyun said, "If North Korea can have nuclear weapons for the next 20 years in the process of nuclear disarmament, then North Korea becomes a de facto nuclear state".
According to the Blue House, Chung and Suh first held separate one-on-one meetings with U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, respectively, for half an hour starting at 3 p.m., eastern time.
As a matter of fact, Chung Eui-yong and Suh Hoon, the special envoys to the USA, were not initially scheduled to meet with President Trump on Thursday.
"Talk is certainly better than war", she said.