Trump: I believe North Korea is sincere

The Washington Post noted that Trump's "madman" approach to North Korea "is getting real credit" and called the news of North Korea willing to discuss scaling back its nuclear program "another possible win" for the administration.

The State Department announcement said that the United States had formally determined on Feb. 22 that North Korea was responsible and that the sanctions took effect on Monday.

The US "strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to conduct an assassination", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

The US last week imposed harsh unilateral sanctions on multiple shipping companies dealing with North Korea.

The official said the willingness of Kim Jong Un's regime to begin talking to its southern neighbor was the result of the "maximum pressure" campaign inflicted by ongoing sanctions. Maybe as Kim Jong-un sent his sister to South Korea, perhaps he has the intention to send his sister to Washington DC.

The North's promise to "suspend all nuclear and missile tests during negotiations" could also mean that if the negotiation does not go well, it could resume them any time.

"Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea", Trump tweeted. The South Korean envoys returned Tuesday. He added dismantling the program is the end goal.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he is willing to hold denuclearization talks with the United States.

The president, who has not ruled out military force if North Korea absolutely refuses to give up its nuclear weapons programs, also said he would not let the dispute "fester" much longer.

"All the efforts that are being taken to calm the situation should be welcomed", the diplomat stressed.

"Part of our response has to be we strengthen our alliances and we do not allow North Korea to drive a wedge between us", said Gregson.

It was announced at a press briefing at the residence of the South Korean president that the parties had reached an agreement on a meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas in April.

China, which is North Korea's only major ally, cheered the exchanges between the Koreas and called for a return to six-nation talks on denuclearization that it previously hosted. I hope they are sincere.

Any sanctions relief Pyongyang is seeking from the U.S. would come only "in the context of concrete actions by North Korea toward denuclearization".

Chung spoke to reporters after leading a 10-person delegation to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died after two women approached him and smeared a deadly nerve agent on his face in Malaysia on February 13, 2017.

Others, like David Adesnik, director of research with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warn South Korea must keep its guard up.

Mr Chung said the two Koreas agreed to hold their summit at a Seoul-controlled facility inside the border village. The talks were the first of their kind in more than two years.

  • Leroy Wright