Trump's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters Friday during his weeklong swing through Africa, said the meeting came about because of a "dramatic" change in posture by Kim Jong Un.
"The Republic of Korea, along with the United States, Japan, and our many partners around the world, remain fully and resolutely committed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", Chung asserted, emphasizing that the coalition had no plans to do away with the unprecedented sanctions now crippling North Korea's economy yet.
The timeline would be short to do all this planning.
March 7: After visiting Kim in Pyongyang, South Korean presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong says Kim is willing to discuss the fate of his nuclear arsenal with the United States and has expressed a readiness to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such talks.
Kang said Friday on an official visit to Hanoi, Vietnam, "the exact timing and the place will need a lot of consideration". North Korea is feeling more isolated. But Sanders said a time and location for the meeting hadn't been set. In the West Wing, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is rumored to be on his way out.
Kinzinger said he's had time to talk with a few of his fellow lawmakers and they are pleased with what has happened.
Consider this the latest piece of evidence that the arrangement of the first summit between a sitting USA president and the leader of North Korea is another example of Trump shooting first and his staff thinking later.
"While US policy toward North Korea has failed for decades, it is clear that a series of sanctions recently put in place by Congress and the administration are having a real impact", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said in a statement.
"We are going to do something, one way or the other, we are going to do something and not let that situation fester". "Even on Wednesday they were still calling Donald Trump an idiot", Alistair Coleman, a North Korea expert for BBC, told Wired, adding that North Korea often takes a "day or two" to broadcast such key news.
But he signalled the threat of military action remained on the table should talks fail to make headway, and his administration said it would press ahead with potentially provocative joint war games with South Korea.
South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo suggested earlier this week to Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, that the U.S. might leave nuclear submarines out of the mix of naval forces in the Foal Eagle exercises as a gesture to the North, but Swift rejected the proposal. "How can you actually have the kind of traditional diplomatic outreach when no one really below him has any real authority in that system?" asks Lefkowitz. Trump, who sees himself as a master deal-maker, quickly agreed. If correct, this would amount to dramatic about-face of a firm position that its nuclear weapons programme, which it says it maintains for its own survival against U.S. aggression, is not for negotiation.
Which is why Trump hopes sitting down together could be the first step towards a new relationship between the two countries.