NKorea To Stop Weapons Tests If It Has US Talks

07 March, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korean chief delegate Chung Eui-yong during their meeting in Pyongyang

South Korea's chief special envoy also relayed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's readiness to hold openhearted nuclear talks with the United States.

The April summit, only the third between the leaders of the two countries, will be held in the truce village of Panmunjeom, Yonhap reported.

The two Koreas also agreed to open a communication hotline between Moon and Kim Jong-un to "defuse military tension and to have close coordination", Chung said yesterday.

North Korean state media pictures of the delegation's meeting with Kim in Pyongyang - which Seoul said lasted more than four hours - showed the North's leader in jovial mood, smiling and shaking hands enthusiastically.

The Trump administration has often said it's willing to negotiate with North Korea if it puts denuclearization on the table.

"The table is set for a meaningful, sustained dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang", said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the US -based Arms Control Association.

It could be a challenging task - Mr Trump has dubbed Kim "Little Rocket Man" and boasted about the size of his nuclear button, while the North Korean leader called the American president a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard". Convincing the U.S.to remove those troops in exchange for promises of denuclearization will probably be a non-starter.

South Korea announced Tuesday that North Korea would halt nuclear weapons and missile tests and put its entire atomic arsenal up for discussion if the US agrees to enter a negotiation. It is the first time in Kim Jong Un's seven-year-rule that he has countenanced the prospect of giving up weapons, she said.

In May 2008, North Korea demands the United States remove it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism and Washington complies in October, prompting the North to resume tearing down its Yongbyon nuclear plant.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also agreed to hold "candid" talks with the U.S. about the denuclearisation issue of the Korean peninsula and normalise the countries' bilateral ties, Chung Eui-yong told a press briefing.

Moon has also remained vigilant against North Korea's weapons ambitions, saying on Tuesday South Korea should bolster its defences in tandem with talks with Pyongyang.

"And I said, so would we, but you have to de-nuke".

Kim indicated he'll suspend nuclear and missile tests if the US meets with North Korea for talks. The two past summits, in 2000 and 2007, were both held in Pyongyang between Kim's late father, Kim Jong Il, and two liberal South Korean presidents.

Among Korean steel exports to the United States, a mere 2.4 percent use Chinese materials.

"To some extent, this is a reiteration of something the North Koreans have said, that Kim Jong Un has said".

Specifically, the Blue House, South Korea's version of the White House, laid out five specific points North Korea agreed to.

It's possible Kim Jong Un caved in to President Donald Trump's pressure campaign, but it's also possible the move is a trick. The North Korean leader also had a request for the world: that he be seriously acknowledged as a dialogue counterpart, said the official. Chung will later visit China and Russian Federation, while Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea's spy agency and another member of the delegation, will head to Japan.


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