S Korean diplomats arrive in US to brief officials on talks with Kim Mar 09, 2018 0 330 12345 ReutersWASHINGTON/SEOULTwo senior South Korean officials arrived in the United States on Thursday to brief US officials on their meeting this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Pyongyang's apparent willingness to discuss denuclearization with Washington.South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon are expected to explain North Korea's stance on possible future talks with Washington and the prospect of Pyongyang suspending nuclear tests if the security of the North's government is assured.They are due to meet with US National Security Adviser HR McMaster and possibly President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, a South Korean official said.South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Chung and Suh arrived in Washington on Tuesday morning after an overnight flight from Seoul.The South Korean official said Chung had already spoken to McMaster on the phone, shortly after completing this week's visit to economically and diplomatically isolated North Korea.US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was guarded when asked on Wednesday about the prospect of North Korean engagement."Obviously we're cautiously optimistic that there is some forward progress here,"Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon."But we've been optimistic before, so we're going to have to watch actions and see if they match words,"he said. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES No joint Korean march at Paralympics due to flag row Mar 09, 2018 0 53 China talks tough on sea row, won't cede 'an inch' Mar 09, 2018 0 46 Africa should avoid forfeiting sovereignty to China over loans, says Tillerson Mar 09, 2018 0 53 US 'a long way' from talks with North Korea, says Tillerson (delete) AFP Addis Ababa Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Thursday the United States was"a long way from negotiations"with North Korea, which this week made a shock offer to discuss denuclearisation. .. Seoul envoys leave for US with Pyongyang talks offer Seoul, March 8, 2018 (AFP) -Two South Korean envoys left for Washington Thursday to brief US officials on their landmark visit to Pyongyang and the North's offer to talk about giving up its nuclear arsenal. Chung .. Australia probes company tied to N Korea coal sale UN: Australian authorities are investigating a Sydney-based property company accused of breaching United Nations sanctions on North Korea by brokering an illicit sale of coal, according to a confidential UN report. .. Nigeria sentences man to life prison for 2010 car bombing ABUJA: A Nigerian court on Wednesday sentenced the brother of a suspected militant leader to life imprisonment for treason for his involvement in twin car bombings in the capital, Abuja, in 2010. The blasts, which killed .. China denies 'backroom deals' in Silk Road initiative BEIJING: China's huge Belt and Road initiative to build a new Silk Road will respect global rules and be free of"backroom deals", the foreign minister said on Thursday, defending a key policy of President Xi .. US 'a long way' from N Korea negotiations, says Tillerson AFP Addis Ababa Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Thursday the United States was"a long way from negotiations"with North Korea, which this week made a shock offer to discuss denuclearisation. .. Abe asks North Korea to take 'concrete steps' Japan's prime minister warned Thursday that North Korea's offer of denuclearisation talks with the US could be a ploy to play for time and stressed the need for Pyongyang to take"concrete"steps. Shinzo Abe said ..