They do not, and should not, engage in risky talks on complex issues that, if not handled carefully and cautiously, could lead to war. Failure? Or merely the start of another long and hard process meant to remove the North's nuclear capabilities? A senior United States official said it could happen "in a matter of a couple of months, with the exact timing and place still to be determined".
There has been no mention of any meeting in North Korean media.
Both leaders have interests in striking a big deal, said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior analyst at South Korea's Sejong Institute.
On Tuesday, South Korean delegation announced that North Korean side and its leader Kim Jong-un confirmed commitment to the demilitarization of the Korean Peninsula during the meeting in Pyongyang.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump takes input from a "diverse set of viewpoints", but added that "he knows it was his name on the ballot and he controls timing, content and tone". He made that clear when he ran into an ABC reporter in the moments before the North Korea announcement. For one thing, the planned deployment of the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system was primarily created to respond to the military threat from North Korea.
Tillerson did not define the precise difference between talks and negotiations, and it was unclear what there was for the two countries - still technically at war - would have to discuss if not a deal to address concerns about the North's nuclear weapons program. North Korea, though, has yet to provide more details.
Negotiations with the North Korean regime are "very painstaking and, frankly, painful", said Christopher Hill, who served as U.S. ambassador to South Korea and assistant secretary of state under President George W. Bush.
The US and South Korea have postponed joint military exercises during the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The official Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary that the United States recently declared that it would impose sanctions on 56 designations under the pretext of preventing North Korea from "attempting at evasion of sanctions".
President Donald Trump said Saturday that Beijing is pleased with Washington's decision to pursue a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis, as opposed to the "ominous alternative".
Still, Kim might express a firmer commitment to denuclearization to Trump, including giving a full report on the North's current nuclear weapons arsenal and allowing thorough global verification once the denuclearization process takes hold, said Choi Kang, vice president of Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
By October 2017, North Korea announced it would fire a nuclear-tipped missile at the USA territory of Guam in the western Pacific.
North Korea is also holding three American citizens for what Washington views as political reasons.
"A breakthrough that would reduce Pyongyang's nuclear threat would be a legacy-defining achievement".
The first time came in 2000 between Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korea's current leader, and South Korea's then president, liberal Kim Dae-jung. The second is that, if it dawns on Mr Trump that he has been played by Mr Kim and made to look naive, he may react like a jilted, misled suitor.
President Moon praised the outcome through his spokesperson, saying a future US-North Korea meeting "will be recorded as a historic milestone that realized peace on the Korean Peninsula".
Mr Trump has derided Mr Kim as a "maniac", referred to him as "little rocket man" and threatened in a speech previous year to "totally destroy" North Korea, a country of 26 million people, if it attacked the United States or one of its allies.
He said for the USA it referred to North Korea giving up its nukes and for the North it also meant removing the threat of American forces and USA nuclear deterrents in South Korea.
"It could be that Kim actually thinks that Trump is going to follow through on the threats", Masker said.
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