Kim Jong Un to discuss on denuclearisation with US

10 April 2018, 06:58 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Kim Jong Un to discuss on denuclearisation with US

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May or early June, Chosun Ilbo reported.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House Monday, said, "Hopefully we'll be able to make a deal on the de-nuking".

Kim's reported remarks drew a mixed response from North Korea watchers in Seoul and Washington.

The North Korean leader discussed the "prospect of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue" as well as "strategic and tactical issues to be maintained" by the party, "including the future policy of worldwide relations and the orientation corresponding to them", according to KCNA.

But the North remained publicly silent for weeks after its leader's invitation to talks was first delivered to Trump by South Korean officials.

United States officials said Sunday that Kim was open to discussing denuclearization, clearing the way for a historic sit-down between the two leaders.

The other part is the fact that Kim, a 34-year-old who has consistently defied low expectations over the past six years, is feeling more confident than ever.

If the talks go ahead, it would be the first time a sitting USA president has met a North Korean leader. He did not clarify where the session might take place.

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In a growing rapprochement (which is an global relations term form "an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations") on the Korean peninsula, Kim is scheduled to meet the South's president Moon Jae-in for a rare inter-Korean summit on April 27.

But Kim's recent trip to China and a series of back-channel contacts between the USA and North Korea have raised hopes that a deal may just be possible. Trump said: "They've said so".

Trump has said that Kim is suddenly interested in talking with the outside world because of his "maximum pressure" campaign against the North Korean leader.

The confirmation offers the administration greater assurances that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is committed to a potential meeting with Trump by the end of next month.

Lt.Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley told Arizona State University (ASU): "It's in the best interests of the United States and the rest of the world to be engaged in a diplomatic and political dialogue with the leadership of North Korea to try to prevent a nuclear or even a conventional war because they have an extremely sizeable military force".

The North has previously demanded the withdrawal of U.S. troops based in the South and the end of the security alliance between Seoul and Washington, which is an extraordinary concession that it is hard to imagine any previous U.S. president agreeing to.

Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar is also considered as one of the possible locations, the report added.



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