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North Korea ready to discuss denuclearization with US

09 April, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • North Korea ready to discuss denuclearization with US

CNN on Saturday quoted multiple government officials familiar with the discussions as saying that the talks are a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing.

South Korea had conveyed a message from Kim indicating his willingness to pause his nuclear program during talks, but the USA had not previously confirmed Kim's intentions directly from North Korea.

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 USA, according Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

"The North Koreans are pushing to have the meeting in their capital, Pyongyang", but it is "unclear whether the White House would be willing to hold talks there", CNN said.

Mr Trump is set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in late April, with the North Korea negotiations at the top of their agenda. Besides, holding the meeting in Pyongyang would give Kim a propaganda boost and elevate his status - a turn of events that Trump certainly doesn't want. China, North Korea's only major ally and main economic lifeline, has been calling for a "dual suspension" of North Korean nuclear and missile activities in return for the United States and South Korea suspending their large-scale military exercises. Trump has traded barbs with the North Korean leader for much of his time in office as Pyongyang pursues development of nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States.




South Korea's National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon has been in close contact with his USA and North Korean counterparts, reported Korea Herald.

I don't think there's much of a chance that the meeting will take place in the North Korean capital.

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

"For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility".

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

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