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>> South Korea says they expected Donald Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un to succeed. On Friday, a spokesman from President Moon Jae-in said he believes a summit between the two could lead to North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons program. Trump quickly agreed to an invitation from the supreme leader to meet by this May, and posted on Twitter that a meeting was being planned.
It will be the first ever summit between the US and North Korea, and one of the biggest international gambles since Trump took office last year. Reuters Max Petalnick explains why from Washington.>> While talks are underway, they will be willing to freeze their nuclear and missile testing. What they have said they're not willing to do at this stage is to entirely freeze their nuclear programs.
That would leave the North Koreans with a number of options for work that could be conducted on the ground to beef up their nuclear arsenal and refine their missiles. US officials are especially wary because North Korea has a long history of reneging on its international commitments over its nuclear program.
So they say they will be watching closely to see if North Korea attempts to drag out the talks in order to move ahead in other areas of their programs. They believe that they will be able to tell relatively quickly within matter of months whether the North Koreans are just trying to play us.
>> In what would be a key concession by Kim Jong Un, South Korean official say he understood that joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington must continue even through the talks. But for now, Pyongyang has demanded they be suspended for US dialogue to proceed. After Trump agreed to a summit, a US official told reporters the president was meeting Kim because he's the ultimate decision maker in North Korea.
He added quote, President Trump has made his reputation on making deals.