North Korea Willing to Talk About Nuclear Weapons

Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Chung Eui-yong

Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Chung Eui-yong

Despite showing an openness toward a dialogue with North Korea, the US government wants the rogue state to first demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization through concrete, verifiable action.

If this fails to cause North Korea to change its ICBM missile testing, Trump stated "we'll have to go to Phase 2", which would be a "rough thing. very, very unfortunate for the world".

"Whichever direction talks with North Korea go, the United States and our allies, I can assure you, will continue to apply maximum pressure to the Kim regime until we see North Korea take credible and concrete steps towards denuclearization", said Pence.

In his meeting with a high-level South Korea delegation Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted by the South Korean government as saying he was open to talks with the discuss denuclearization and the normalization of bilateral ties. For instance, the North's willingness to do away with nuclear weapons has a condition attached - there should be no hostility or threat toward it.

"North Korea wants concessions from the US and the worldwide community so the pressure on its deteriorating economy can be lifted", Yun said. "It is an achievement made possible by not just talks between the South and the North but also the United States' strong support", the president said.

President Donald Trump greeted North Korea's reported willingness to negotiate away its atomic weapons with both hope and skepticism Tuesday, insisting a potential diplomatic breakthrough be tested against the North's long history of deception and threats to target USA cities with nuclear missiles.

The North's official KCNA news agency said yesterday the USA is "getting frantic" with the deployment of U.S. troops on the Korean peninsula and their drills to get "familiar with its terrain and arms buildup there".

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Some of that work can be done on the ground, although a live test will eventually be needed as North Korea has never flown a missile at a trajectory that would simulate a long-range flight, experts say.

On-and-off six-nation disarmament negotiations were later held in China from 2003 to 2008. In 2010, the country stunned the region by unveiling a small, industrial-scale uranium enrichment facility that could allow it a second route to manufacture nuclear weapons.

News outlets were also divided about the North's intentions.

President Donald Trump expressed both hope and skepticism over the North's reported offer, calling it "possible progress" that also "may be false hope".

"While I wouldn't say that Trump has the Kim regime crying 'uncle, ' I would say, to use a sports analogy, that North Korea is now like a running back looking for space to move in the backfield", Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist at the American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News.

Last month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, "the worldwide community broadly agree that denuclearization must be the result of any dialogue with North Korea".

The denuclearization dialogue also involves the two Koreas and the United States. "It's unclear whether the Trump administration is ready in this regard".

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