"(South Korean) President Moon Jae-in believes that the leadership of the Chinese government, especially the leadership ability of President Xi, has played a big role in this", Chung said.
Four days after the surprise announcement that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May, Washington has yet to hear directly from Pyongyang on the invitation extended by Kim via South Korean intermediaries. Trump's acceptance of Kim's invitation very well may be the right thing to do at this point - it is far better than the threats to "push the button" that we had earlier in the year.
He said that no venue for the meeting had been agreed upon.
"I think North Korea needs time to organize their position and is being careful and cautious in approaching regarding the summit", said Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyn.
A summit between two nations that have remained in a state of war since the Korean War would be a remarkable turnabout after a year of heightened tensions.
Yet China has long shared the USA objective of eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons.
"There's already been a bit of confusion in the messaging from the White House so it probably makes sense to get some of the ground rules established before go public with it", said Abrahamian.
One of the conditions imposed by the Trump administration is that Pyongyang will halt any nuclear or missile testing until the talks occur and will not interfere with the joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States. Will it need to withdraw American forces from South Korea?
The relationship between the two countries is very close, building upon a military alliance that dates back to 1950, when the USA stepped in to defend the South against an invasion from the North - the Korean War.
"He's stated his commitment to denuclearization to South Korea's delegation", Shah said.
The vast majority of North Korea's foreign trade passes through China and much of it has ground to a standstill since UN Security Council sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.
"We were very close to being in a very, very touchy situation where both leaders were yelling back and fourth and calling each other names and that wasn't a good situation", said Hall, a Democrat. Adding that "it is unnecessary for China, a major power to worry about North Korea 'turning to the U.S., '" the editorial maintained that "if the Kim-Trump meeting will contribute to the denuclearization and peace that China desires the most, China has no reason to be unhappy about it".
The U.S. fully expects the meeting to take place, the White House said shortly after Tillerson's remarks.
If the President was listening to Maginnis for advice, he says, he would tell him not to agree to any summit.