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A senior administration official reiterated on Thursday night that pressures on North Korea will not lessen, following the announcement that President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong-un:

  • "He is not prepared to reward North Korea in exchange for talks, but he is willing to accept an invitation at this time to meet," the official said.
  • Among those briefed in the Oval Office on North Korea's message, were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, chief of staff John Kelly, General McMaster, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Deputy Director of the CIA Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
  • The time and place of the meeting have not yet been established, but the administration "will settle for nothing less" than denuclearization as the final outcome, the official said.

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