North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

by Antonio Miles April 9, 2018, 0:49
North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation

The US and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between American President Donald Trump and Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong-un, according to administration officials. US officials are apparently shooting for late May or possibly June.

"While the press has reported that North Korea is willing to negotiate their nuclear programme, this is not exactly what North Korea said".

The announcement comes after a year of tension between the U.S., North Korea and South Korea.

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South Korea, which has shuttled between Pyongyang and Washington to set up the talks, said Kim had expressed willingness to talk about giving up nuclear weapons during his upcoming meetings with Moon and Trump.

The talks will lay the groundwork for a meeting between Mr Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, who is the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

The back-channel talks are the latest move in a flurry of diplomatic activity aimed at resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. "It's a good signal that the talks are going back and forth (between the United States and North Korea)".

"It's a natural step in the right direction. It's an extension of the communication channels established by the three countries' top intelligence chiefs." said Hong Min, director of the North Korean studies division at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

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USA and North Korean officials have held secret contacts recently, in which Pyongyang directly delivered the message of its willingness to hold the summit, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "What we will see next is the exchanges of presidential envoys between the USA and North Korea".

China and Russian Federation are both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which has imposed sanctions on North Korea in a bid to force negotiations with Pyongyang.

The 2 Koreas earlier agreed that their leaders will use the hotline before they hold a summit on April 27th.

Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from an accord between Tehran and six world powers, signed in 2015 before he took office, unless France, Britain and Germany help to agree a follow-up pact by that date.

Speaking at Duke University in North Carolina, Haley said, "When the president ends up speaking with Kim, the conversation has to be about denuclearizing".

Working-level officials need to determine how Kim would arrive at the southern side of the border village for the summit.


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