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US 'surprise' at North Korea talk offer: Tillerson

AFP  |  Djibouti 

today said had been surprised by North Korean leader Un's willingness to hold direct talks with the US on the nuclear standoff in the

"What changed was his posture in a fairly dramatic way," said in during a five-nation tour.

"In all honesty, that came as a little bit of a surprise to us, as well that he was so forward-leaning in his conversations with the delegation from South "

Tillerson's comments came after agreed to a historic meeting with Kim, the first ever between a US and a North Korean leader.

The meeting is due to take place by the end of May.

of the summit, which South Korean Moon Jae-in said was "like a miracle", is the latest step in a quickening detente after a period of heightened rhetoric and extreme tension between and

Just hours before the summit announcement, had said that the was "a long way" from talking directly to North

"In terms of direct talks... we're a long way from negotiations, we just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it," Tillerson had said in the Ethiopian capital of on Thursday.

A first step would be "talks about talks" to see if "conditions are right to even begin thinking about negotiations," Tillerson had said.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:35 IST