Kim told Xi he was ready to resume six-party talks

Kim told Xi he was ready to resume six-party talks

Some analysts have said Mr Trump's willingness to meet Mr Kim handed North Korea a diplomatic win, as the USA had insisted for years that any such summit be preceded by North Korean steps to denuclearise.

Thursday's working-level meeting was aimed at ironing out the protocols, security measures and media coverage of the summit, the South's presidential office said.

The Koreas have held two summits as the 1950-53 Korean War.

Months of chill between Beijing and Pyongyang appeared to suddenly vanish during Mr Kim's secretive visit, with China saying that Mr Kim had pledged his commitment to denuclearisation.

In a hearing discussing the findings in January, defence minister Earl Howe said: "We judge that North Korea is now certainly capable of reaching targets in the short range, by which I mean Japan, South Korea - obviously - and adjoining territories".

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It is set to take place at the South's Peace House in the border truce village of Panmunjom, the same building in which Thursday's meeting was held. The Koreas also need to determine how many times he and Moon would meet that day and whether parts of the meetings would be broadcast on live television.

China has traditionally been secretive North Korea's closest ally, though ties have been frayed by Mr Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles and Beijing's backing of tough United Nations sanctions in response.

The North's diplomatic outreach comes after an unusually provocative year in which it conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles created to target the USA mainland.

South Korea's glamourous K-pop stars returned from a whistlestop tour of Pyongyang on Wednesday after two successful concerts described by both nations as "moving".

No one knows for certain how ongoing US and South Korean efforts to engage North Korea will play out.

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