Pyongyang or Panmunjeom for Kim-Trump meeting?

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President Trump agreed to meet North Korea leader Kim Jong Un by May, a diplomatic breakthrough after months of heightened nuclear tensions during which the two combative and idiosyncratic leaders traded frequent threats and insults.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who led the pursuit of detente with North Korea during his country's hosting of the Winter Olympics, said the summit would set a course for denuclearisation, according to a presidential spokesman.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US President Donald Trump for talks and Trump has agreed.

The US carries out extensive military exercises on and around the Korean Peninsula, and also has 11 military bases and 28,500 troops in South Korea - a hangover from from the 1950-53 war.

It would be the first face-to-face meeting in history between a US president and a North Korean leader.

Kim, a portly 30-something whose state media recently blasted Trump as a "lunatic mean old trickster and human reject" presides over a prison state, purges his foes and has vowed to obliterate the USA in a nuclear cloud.

A South Korean Presidential spokesman said the delegation would also meet Trump. Trump now has the opportunity to achieve what no president has been able to achieve in seven decades of U.S. At the news conference, he called Kim Jong Un, ruler of the repressive state, a "very good guy".

"We're a long way from negotiations", Tillerson said, hours before news broke that Trump would meet with Kim at a time and place yet to be determined. Some speculate that the North is trying to peel Washington away from its ally Seoul, weaken crippling sanctions and buy time for nuclear development.

The official said the president "has always left the door open to dialogue" at the right time, adding that the message from South Korea's national security adviser was conveyed orally to the president after Kim Jong Un conveyed the message to South Korea's national security adviser during their meetings. And Rodman has visited North Korea several times, including previous year, to serve as an informal diplomat and basketball guru to Kim.

Trump took office vowing to stop North Korea from attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the USA mainland, a goal that Pyongyang is on the cusp of reaching. Then, on March 6, the South Koreans announced that the North was willing to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons.

The EU has tough sanctions in place against North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes as part of global efforts to force Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

"Or again, a distraction to change the headlines from Stormy Daniels, which was yesterday, to North Korea today", Scarborough said. S. and North Korea to hold talks as soon as possible, saying that at a news briefing in Beijing on Thursday that things "will not be smooth sailing". "Trump, always the publicity-seeker, is just diving right in", Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University in South Korea and North Korea expert, said on Twitter.

The North Korean government will likely be pushing hard to bring Trump to Pyongyang, but the security situation in the capital would make it "impossible", Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, told CNN.

So far Mr. Trump is insisting his "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctioning and isolating North Korea will continue, and there is no indication of what, if anything, he might be prepared to give North Korea if it limits the nuclear program in a verifiable way. "The risk is that Trump has little knowledge of the history of negotiations with North Korea", says Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute.

Pyongyang has pledged to suspend all missile launches and nuclear tests pending summits with Mr Moon (in April) and US President Donald Trump (expected in May).