Tillerson changes tune after Trump accepts meeting with North Korea's Kim

Lack of ‘diplomats’ will during North Korean talks warns Clinton

Kim had "committed to denuclearisation" and to suspending nuclear and missile tests, Chung said.

Previous North Korean leaders have sought face-to-face talks with consecutive United States presidents, who consistently rebuffed the idea.

"We are trying to find a bottom on dollar/yen and the other thing to watch for is when the typical year-end repatriation flows that are made by Japanese institutions for the fiscal year end abates, and that might push dollar/yen even higher", said Kenneth Broux, a currency strategist at Societe Generale.

President Donald Trump will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unless North Korea takes "concrete and verifiable actions" toward denuclearization, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.

South Korea: News of the summit, which South Korean President Moon Jae-in said was "like a miracle", is the latest step in a quickening detente after a period of heightened rhetoric and extreme tension between Washington and Pyongyang.

"Make love, not war" has always been Rodman's motto and recently he praised Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un for their plans to meet at a diplomatic summit.

"We are moderately bearish on gold prices, and see the rising yield environment as a headwind", analysts at Société Générale said in a note.

"A meeting is being planned", Trump said on Twitter after speaking to Chung, setting up what would be his biggest foreign policy gamble since taking office in January 2017.

"We do hope that this meeting is going to take place", Lavrov said after meeting with African Union chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the body's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital.

The meeting would be the first between a North Korean leader and any sitting U.S. President.

Trump and Kim have repeatedly traded barbs in the past.

Rodman is one of the scant few Americans to meet Kim Jong Un, and called him "a friend for life".

"We consider it to be a step in the right direction".

But analysts were damning, saying a US-North Korea summit was a win for Kim.

A day later, the top U.S. diplomat insisted the United States had been "saying for some time that we're open to talks" with the North Koreans and that Trump's decision was "no surprise", coming on the heels of recent intra-Korean dialogue and contacts through other channels.

Sanders' words on Friday also marked the White House's first comments preconditioning the meeting.

What was a surprise was Kim's change in stance when he met with the South Korean delegation, when the North Korean leader displayed "not just willingness but his strong desire for talks", said Tillerson.

"I think today the market might get a little short, feeling that we will have good numbers and that risk is on", the Hong Kong based trader said.

"Let's be clear: The United States has made zero concessions", she added.

There are many details to be ironed out before any Trump-Kim meeting could take place, not least the location.

Faced with Pyongyang's race to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the continental United States, Trump's strategy has been to ramp up sanctions, tighten the diplomatic screws and regularly threaten military force.

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