US keeps hard line on North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim meeting

It says talks will happen only if it sees 'concrete actions' on promises made by Pyongyang

The White House has also downplayed concerns that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without getting anything in return.
The White House has also downplayed concerns that US President Donald Trump had agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without getting anything in return. PHOTO: AFP

Talks with North Korea will take place only if the Trump administration sees "concrete actions on the promises they've made", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said.

But President Donald Trump later tweeted: "The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the world. Time and place to be determined."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline 'US keeps hard line on N. Korea ahead of Trump-Kim meeting'. Subscribe