A South Korean official told reporters outside the White House on March 8 that not only had Kim expressed a desire to meet Trump, but the president had agreed to the unprecedented meeting.
However, it would allow Kim and Trump to meet without travelling far from either of their respective security forces or to be seen kowtowing in an "enemy" capital.
"Tillerson along with Mattis provided a natural break to Trump by providing alternative perspectives on the world", said Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra. -North Korea interactions, but stressed it was up to the countries concerned to decide "which way we are going". Above all, the administration must guard against the summit turning into a Korean Reykjavik, where Trump finds irresistible a dramatic grand bargain to solve the North Korean crisis.
There had been speculation that Pyongyang might do so Friday, when Ri Yong Ho met Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, but afterwards Swedish officials said the talks would be extended into Saturday.
Headed by Moon's chief of staff Im Jong-seok, former prominent democracy activist, the team will hammer out plans for the summit, including when to contact the North and what will be discussed between Kim and Moon.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was delighted with the progress being made to reduce regional tensions and facilitate direct talks between Trump and Kim.
Kim has yet to publicly confirm his invitation to meet with Trump in a bid to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, and officials in Seoul and Washington say the exact location and timing of any summit remain to be determined.
Media reports and experts say Tokyo fears it may be left out of developments around North Korea, and worries that the issue of abducted Japanese citizens is being sidelined. They also agreed that a "brighter future is available for North Korea, if it chooses the right path", the White House stated.
Moon would possibly face criticism from USA and South Korean conservatives that his overtures only helped North Korea buy time to flawless its nuclear program.
Admiral Harry Harris told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee he believed the United States would stick to its demand for the "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula.
The president's supporters insist that North Korea has been brought to the table by harsh sanctions, imposed after Trumpian tough talk at last scared such laggards as China and Russian Federation into curbing trade.
Sweden was one of the first non-communist countries to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea in 1973.
Speaking in Berlin on Friday, Lofven said that if Sweden "can serve as a facilitator to bring about results, then we will of course do that".
The meeting would mark the first time a sitting American president has met with a North Korean leader, noted Laura M. Luehrmann, Wright State University political science professor and director of the program in worldwide and comparative politics.