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North Korea offers halt to ICBM program, Chosun says

North Korea offers halt to ICBM program, Chosun says

Top South Korean negotiators left for the United States Thursday to brief their American counterparts on the outcome of their historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this week.

"Chairman Kim said that even denuclearisation could be among the agenda items for talks between North Korea and the US", a South Korean official said.

"I think they're honest also because of the sanctions and what we're doing with respect to North Korea".

Any discussion of a U.S. troop withdrawal will be fraught, however, as both Seoul and Washington see them as a bulwark against North Korean provocations.

"From looking at the news or Twitter, I believe President Trump is positive about the results of the North Korea visit [by South Korean officials]", Moon told political party leaders. Assemblyman Ron Kim joins us to talk more about this.

A senior South Korean presidential adviser said Tuesday that Kim expressed a willingness to discuss nuclear disarmament and halt nuclear and missile tests during future talks with the United States.

"This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we can not afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD [weapons of mass destruction] program of any kind".

The sanctions in question are a response to the confirmation that North Korea used a chemical weapon to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un's half-brother.

In its Wednesday tirade, Rodong Sinmun insisted that the real nuclear threat facing the planet is the United States.




However, increasingly strict sanctions implemented by the United States and United Nations have strangled the North Korean economy.

There have been two previous inter-Korean summits, in 2000 and 2007, both of them in Pyongyang - although it later emerged the North had been paid $500 million ahead of the first meeting, prompting critics to denounce it as a bribe.

The brazen daylight assassination unleashed diplomatic shockwaves and widespread condemnation of North Korea. "He has the guts but also is very strong in details".

"By referring to the wishes of the forefathers, all internal conflict has been eliminated", Koo said, adding: "That's the best card Kim Jong Un can use".

The two Koreas also announced they would set up a leader-to-leader hotline and hold a summit next month at their heavily armed border.

"The reality is that North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile that can allegedly hit targets in the USA", the paper wrote.

North Korea has boasted of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the mainland US. Moreover, they point out that North Korea has put denuclearization on the table, which is a shift from the position Pyongyang has previously held.

Japan's prime minister warned today that North Korea's offer of denuclearisation talks with the United States could be a ploy to play for time and stressed the need for Pyongyang to take "concrete" steps.

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