Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

North Korea open to denuclearize if regime safety guaranteed

North Korea open to denuclearize if regime safety guaranteed

President Donald Trump cited "possible progress" Tuesday after South Korea announced that North Korea has agreed to halt tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles if it holds talks with the US on denuclearization.

Chung Eui-yong, South Koreas presidential national security director, said the two Koreas agreed to hold their third-ever summit at a tense border village in late April. They've also agreed to establish a hot line between the two leaders to ease military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea may look to discuss denuclearization in exchange for some sanctions relief to refill its coffers during a time of economic distress, and then simply slam the door on talks and return to its nuclear program as it has done in the past, according to Sun.

US President Donald Trump gave a cautious welcome to the announcement while Vice President Mike Pence said Washington would keep "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang until it takes concrete steps toward denuclearization. -North Korea dialogue. He said that without progress in North Korea's denuclearization, inter-Korean dialogue can not take place. North Korea has regularly vowed never to give up its nuclear programme, which it sees as an essential deterrent and "treasured sword" against what it calls U.S. plans for invasion.

The statement also revealed that a summit meeting between Kim and Moon is set to take place at the end of April, noting that the North was ready to halt weapons tests to hold candid talks with the United States.

In 2009, the United Nations Security Council responds to a North Korean missile test by threatening to increase sanctions and Pyongyang, which had balked at verification efforts, says it will no longer participate in the six-party talks.

Trump tweeted: "Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea".

"Moon sees the same things in D.C. that the rest of us see", Flake said. South Korean delegates are also expected to visit the United States.

Monday, March 5, in the DPRK, met Kim Jong-UN with the Korean delegation.

On Saturday evening and in the days after, White House officials declined to elaborate further on the remarks, leading to confusion about whether Trump was referring to North Korea, the country he's repeatedly pressed to abandon its nuclear program.

North Korea also promised it would not use its nuclear or conventional weapons against the South, the official claimed.

Duyeon Kim, a senior research fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum in Seoul, told CNN it was now up to negotiators to seize on the opportunity presented by the summit and potential talks with the U.S.

The most recent summit was in 2007 when then South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun traveled to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Il, the current leader's father.

The United States has said before it is open to talks but its position has been that dialogue must be aimed at North Korea's denuclearisation, something Pyongyang has rejected. He will be joined by Suh Hoon, chief of the National Intelligence Service, who was a member of the five-member delegation to Pyongyang. "But Kim said that he understands the South's stance", an official in President Moon's administration said.

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