US, Surprised At 'dramatic' North Korea Shift, Agrees To Talks

US, Surprised At 'dramatic' North Korea Shift, Agrees To Talks

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26dramatic27according to the BBC.

The meeting, announced by a South Korean delegation at the White House on Thursday night, would, if it goes ahead, mark an unmatched moment of history in the 70-year standoff between the US and the isolated state.

In the short term, a meeting could defuse the spiraling tensions between the US and North Korea that have raised fears the two nations are on an accelerating slide to a clash that could kill millions on the Korean peninsula, according to CNN.

The stunning announcement that Trump had agreed to a meeting with the North Korean leader raised questions about what had changed after months of Tillerson and other Trump officials insisting the conditions weren’t right for negotiations with Pyongyang, according to the New York Post.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction Friday between “talks” with North Korea and “negotiations,” arguing that President Donald Trump’s willingness to chat with Kim Jong Un shouldn’t be construed as anything more than that. Tillerson did not define the precise difference between talks and negotiations.

Explaining Trump’s decision-making about the meeting, Tillerson said the US had witnessed a shift from North Korea that became apparent when a South Korean delegation visited Pyongyang, then traveled to Washington to brief US officials on the rare meeting.

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