Top aides of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea arrived in North Korea on Monday and met its leader, Kim Jong Un, moving to improve inter-Korean relations and help start a dialogue between the North and the United States.
Seoul had earlier announced the two Koreas would hold a historic summit in the Demilitarized Zone next month-and that the North's leader Kim Jong-Un was ready to halt provocative missile and nuclear tests and sit down with its old enemies.
"We cannot reveal everything to the media, but we do have additional views of North Korea we will relay to the United States when we visit the U.S.", he said, according to Yonhap. "There will not be any 'presents' for the North, either", Shin Yong-hyun of opposition party Bareun Mirae quoted Moon as saying.
He spent much of his time in the Chinese gambling hub of Macau and it is not clear why he may have left the relative safety of China's protection to travel to Malaysia if he thought his life was at risk.
"It is something only the Dear Leader can say", said Professor Koo Kab-woo of the University of North Korean Studies, adding that it was a "typical" example of Kim's "autonomy".
What has gone wrong with other talks in the past?"All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible, verifiable and concrete steps toward denuclearization", Pence said in a statement.
Throughout 2017 Mr Kim ordered a series of incendiary ballistic missile tests, significantly raising the stakes.
In April, North and South Korea will hold the first talks between the two countries' leaders since 2007.
The US has determined that Pyongyang used a highly toxic nerve agent VX to kill Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to the US state department. The hope that North Korea will resume and continue talks with South Korea after the Olympics remains a question. The North defends its weapons programmes as necessary to counter U.S. aggression. Despite Kim Jong-un mentioning denuclearization, North Korea's mouthpiece the Rodong Sinmun made us doubt his words by arguing that North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons should not be a matter of dispute.
New Delhi has been cutting back on trade with North Korea but has maintained diplomatic links.
SEOUL, South Korea At first glance it seems like a blockbuster: North Korea has reportedly offered up its nukes for negotiation, an abrupt reversal from its repeated vows never to relinquish the "treasured sword" it sees as protection against constant U.S. "hostility".
In his New Year's address - which began the diplomatic dance - he declared the development of the state nuclear force "complete".
Smiling for cameras, he posed during the meeting with the South Koreans and presided over what was described by the North's official Korean Central News Agency as a "co-patriotic and sincere atmosphere".
A senior Foreign Ministry figure told the Mainichi Shimbun, "North Korea almost certainly intends to continue its nuclear weapons program as a matter of course".
South Korean President Moon Jae-In speaks during the 99th Independence Movement Day ceremony at Seodaemun Prison History Hall on March 1, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.
Last month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, "the international community broadly agree that denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea".
Tensions have been high between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. "That's the part that we're waiting to potentially hear about, if that becomes a basis that's sufficient for the US side to move forward in terms of talks".