North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un expressed a willingness to denuclearize in a meeting with South Korean diplomats, Seoul revealed Tuesday.
The rogue regime is apparently offering to not only discuss giving up the nuclear arsenal it has spent decades building, but also halting ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests while negotiations are underway.
“The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize,” the South Korean presidential office said in a statement. “It made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed.”
“The North expressed its willingness to hold a heartfelt dialogue with the U.S. on the issues of denuclearization and normalizing relations with the United States. It made it clear that while dialogue is continuing, it will not attempt any strategic provocations, such as nuclear and ballistic missile tests,” the Blue House further explained.
Furthermore, the North agreed to hold a summit meeting with the South in April. The two sides also agreed to set up a military hotline to reduce tensions on the peninsula.
While North Korea has signaled a willingness to talk to the U.S., Washington remains skeptical of Pyongyang’s intentions, asserting that it may be attempting to buy time to complete its nuclear weapons program or reduce the pressure against it.
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