The sanctions resolutions ban North Korean exports of commodities and severely restricted shipments of oil and fuel to the isolated state. Sources who attended the meeting confirmed that Kim was ready to discuss denuclearization, which he reportedly claimed was his father Kim Jong-il's "dying wish".
"The recent change by North Korea is the result of the maximum pressure that Japan, the US and South Korea have imposed in cooperation", Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono said Monday after his meeting with Suh.
"We are looking forward to the smooth holding of the summit meeting between the two Koreas and the dialogue between North Korea and the USA and achieving concrete progress in promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between each other", Xi said.
Tillerson said several steps would be necessary to agree on the location and scope of the talks, adding later that a "neutral" site would be needed. "It's very early stages", Tillerson said. We know, we've already seen it with tariffs, Trump's ability to make big statements because he doesn't understand details of the policy and then people have to walk it back that actually implement, is overwhelming.
The talks took place as representatives of Korean churches were meeting with global partners in a conference in Seoul organised by the NCCK to mark the the 30th anniversary of the NCCK 1988 Declaration of the Churches of Korea on National Reunification and Peace.
"I am delighted that South Korea's efforts have made great progress in the overall Korean Peninsula situation and that close dialogue between NK and the United States has been achieved". "It is a barren, destitute country that, compared to the South on the same peninsula, which is a democracy [and has] economic prosperity, the North is barren and desolate with a very strong, fearsome military and reckless nuclear program".
The South is also taking a wait-and-see approach to the possibility of local businessmen visiting a now-shuttered industrial complex in the North's border city of Kaesong.
Trump reached out to the Asian leaders in phone calls on Friday after his stunning decision to accept an invitation to meet Kim before the end of May.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in also plans a summit with Kim by the end of April.
US national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed UN Security Council envoys in NY on Monday.
"I think certainly the administration has successfully put sufficient pressure on the North Koreans through China, though others, and through our own activity to hopefully bring the North Koreans to the table in a meaningful way", he said.
At the same time, another delegation headed to Tokyo to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the proposed talks, which will focus on North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.
South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, center, Cho Yoon-je, the South Korean Ambassador to the US, right, and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, left, make an announcement about North Korea and the Trump administration last week.
Signing a peace treaty would require addressing issues regarding the USA military's presence in South Korea and its transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea and United Nations forces there, Koh said.
Kono declined to say what that action should be, but South Korea's presidential Blue House quoted him as saying that the breakthrough on talks with North Korea was a near "miracle".