In his meeting with the Japanese foreign minister the day before, the South Korean spy chief reportedly agreed to cooperate in resolving the abduction issue and that upcoming summits with the North must yield concrete steps toward denuclearization, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
Members of the US Congress said they worry that Trump acted impulsively in agreeing to meet with Kim, before negotiators for both countries had a chance to set some goals the leaders could agree to.
"I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organize their stance".
They also say the North could even offer to reduce the amount of nuclear materials it has saved for making nuclear weapons.
Tillerson says the first meeting will be about Trump and Kim "getting a sense of one another" and determining whether there is the space and will to accomplish something together on the North's nuclear weapons program.
Mr Kim and Mr Trump prompted jitters around the world previous year as they exchanged insults over North Korea's attempts to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States. -South Korean military exercises during that time. "(South Korean) President Moon Jae-in believes that the leadership of the Chinese government, especially the leadership ability of President Xi, has played a big role in this", Chung said.
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"But we are determined to keep up the campaign of maximum pressure until we see words match with deeds, and real progress toward denuclearization". He had met earlier with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.
Pyongyang has previously demanded Seoul return 12 North Korean women who worked at a North Korea-run restaurant in China and defected to South Korea as a group in 2016.
South Korea's National Security Office chief, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation to Pyongyang, will head to Russian Federation on Tuesday, while spy agency chief Suh Hoon met Japan's foreign minister in Tokyo, where he is to speak with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
Xi told Chung the peninsula was "facing an important opportunity of mitigation and dialogue", according to state broadcaster CCTV. Last year, Hirono wrote to Trump to urge him to fill the ambassadorship, and several other positions that are critical to finding a diplomatic solution to de-escalate tensions with North Korea.
South Korea's long, complex relationship with its northern neighbor leaves the two sides with a wide range of issues to potentially address.
Both countries have global reputations as mediators, and both played a role as members of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission helping to regulate relations between the two Koreas after the 1953 armistice that paused - but did not officially end - the Korean War.