North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear weapons. This is a remarkable development that followed unparallel meetings in Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also has agreed to refrain from conducting nuclear and missile tests while engaging in dialogue with South Korea. Seoul’s national security chief.
Chung said Pyongyang expressed willingness to talk to the United States in an open-ended dialogue to discuss the issue of denuclearization and to normalize relations with North Korea. North Korea clarified that it had no reason to retain nuclear weapons if “the military threat to North Korea is resolved” and the country’s security can be guaranteed.
It may be remembered that only months ago North Korea declared it could wipe the United States off the face of the Earth. The meeting is believed to be the first time Kim has ever talked face-to-face with any officials from Seoul since taking power in 2011. An expert with deep knowledge of North Korea said Kim wants the world to know he has a strategy.
President Trump said he believes North Korea is being sincere in its attempts to broker peace with its neighbor. Trump attributed the recent strength toward talks to strict new sanctions applied by the United States. US want denuclearization before talks.
The US is looking for North Korea to take concrete actions toward denuclearization before agreeing to direct talks. The US and South Korea expect to go forward with their joint military exercises.
The Trump administration has often said it is willing to negotiate with North Korea if it puts denuclearization on the table. The United States of America is going to continue with all options on the table to bring intensifying economic and diplomatic pressure to bear until North Korea, once and for all, completely abandons its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.
President Trump reacted with guarded optimism to the news, which potentially represented a major defusing of one of the world’s tensest confrontations.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim will meet for a summit at the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas in April.
The April summit will take place at Panmunjom Peace House on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone that divides the two countries, according to Chung.
A top North Korean diplomat at the United Nations said in October his country would not put nuclear weapons on the negotiating table “unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US are thoroughly eradicated.
North Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons but only if its own safety can be guaranteed. It will be the first such meeting for more than a decade and the first since Kim Jong-un took power in North Korea. The countries also agreed to open a hotline between the leaders. Throughout February’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, the two countries struck a friendly tone, sending athletes to compete in a joint team and holding talks.
The North Korea expressed its willingness to hold a heartfelt dialogue with the United States on the issues of denuclearization and normalizing relations with the United States. The cautious American reaction partly reflected a history of suspicion toward the motives of North Korea, which has remained an enemy of the United States since the 1950-53 Korean War.
A pattern of what American officials have described as North Korean duplicity in previous talks has repeated itself, with modest variations, during the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama administrations. In January 2009, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, had served under both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama.
The South Korean statement said the two Koreas would begin working-level discussions to prepare for the summit meeting, to be held in the Peace House, a South Korean building in Panmunjom, the so-called truce village that straddles the border.
Before Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon meet, the countries will install, for the first time, a hotline by which the leaders can talk on the phone directly, the statement said.The statement gave no indication that North Korea would start dismantling nuclear or missile programs anytime soon. Nonetheless, the reported agreements represented major progress in Mr. Moon’s efforts to improve relations with North Korea.
This is a significant diplomatic accomplishment for Moon, who used the Winter Olympic Games to foster relations with the North that had previously seemed a distant prospect following North Korean weapons tests. Moon, was elected last year after his conservative predecessor was ousted in a corruption scandal.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera of Japan, which has steadfastly supported the Trump administration’s tough approach to sanctions against North Korea, struck a note of caution about Pyongyang’s interest in negotiations. China, which has pushed for direct talks between Pyongyang and Washington for many months, welcomed the South Korean statement. Geng Shuang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said China hoped “the relevant parties can seize the current opportunity” to work toward “politically resolving the Korean Peninsula issue.” One Chinese expert on North Korea characterized Pyongyang’s reported offer as “concessions that are dramatic and significant.””It will be hard for the U.S. government to resist,” said the expert, Cheng Xiaohe, of Renmin University in Beijing.