South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in agreed on Thursday on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea, but the two leaders aren’t completely aligned on whether sanctions will pressure Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons or drive him away from the negotiating table.

Trump, in his first meeting with Moon since the unsuccessful US summit with Kim in Hanoi, said the US wants to keep economic sanctions in place to pressure Kim to denuclearise. But Trump said he retains good relations with Kim and didn’t rule

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