Tensions had been mounting for years as Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes saw it subjected to multiple rounds of increasingly strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, the US, EU, South Korea and others, and Trump last year threatened the North with "fire and fury".
Washington is seeking the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of the North. He also complained about the USA obligation to protect South Korea even the country enjoys a huge trade surplus against the United States.
However, in spite of its pledge to stop testing, North Korea has given no indication it is willing to go beyond statements of broad conceptual support for denuclearization by unilaterally abandoning a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.
The United States and its global partners are ready to provide North Korea with assurances if its leader Kim Jong-un is prepared to fully denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, a top American diplomat said on Saturday.
Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in affirmed their commitment to the goal of "realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula" at a summit in the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries last month.
"What Kim Jong-un has said publicly and in discussions is that he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", he said.
Mike added that he had a good conversation with Kim Jong Un and found him to be a rational interlocutor.
"We had good conversations, substantive conversations that involved deep complex challenges", Pompeo said Friday about his two meetings with Kim, who is known for assassinating rivals and family members, and running prison camps throughout his country.
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The ICAO said it welcomed North Korea's collaborative approach and would work with adjacent states to facilitate and adopt these proposals.
Describing his recent visit to North Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed he has promised North Korea "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if they agree to denuclearization.
A series of U.S. administrations has sent envoys, both official and unofficial, to Pyongyang in the hope of stopping North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
At a news conference in Washington, Pompeo stressed that the decision by the Kim regime to release three American prisoners during his shuttle diplomacy mission to Pyongyang earlier this week had paved the way for successful discussions.
In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for USA troop withdrawals from South Korea.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that she did not believe that Moon would be a part of the historic Trump-Kim summit the following month.
"We are starting off on a new footing - I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful".