Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North Korea tells United States it will discuss de-nuclearisation

North Korea tells United States it will discuss de-nuclearisation

The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to talk to President Donald Trump about getting rid of his nuclear weapons, as South Korea claimed when it passed along the North Korean leader's offer for a historic meeting, according to an administration official.

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.

CNN quoted U.S. officials as saying that the summit will be held at the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar - a proposal that North Korea has already relayed to the U.S., according Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

No specifics have yet emerged concerning the date or venue of the proposed summit.

North Korea has been under heavy UN Security Council sanctions since it staged a series of nuclear tests and missile launches in defiance of global pressure to abandon its atomic programme. A trusted adviser of Mr Trump, Mr Pompeo will assume responsibility for the diplomatic preparations for the talks once he is confirmed by the senate as secretary of state.

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"It's likely that Kim Jongun comes with an alternate significance in mind", Abraham Denmark, a former senior US defense official claimed, noting a possible denuclearization deal seems to be contingent on the USA generating the most suitable conditions. "If there were such talks, we think it's a positive move". But Pyongyang has affirmed Kim's willingness to put the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula on the table, the sources said.

Trump and Kim were expected to meet by the end of May following talks between South Korean President Moon Jae In and Kim in late April.

The timeline for the Trump-Kim summit remains unknown although the South Korean side have said that it would take place next month.

North Korea was "suffocating" under global sanctions, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Thursday, adding, "They need an out".

South Korea had contended that Kim was willing to do so and had also vowed to suspend nuclear and missile tests.

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