South Korea: North Willing to Scrap Nuclear Weapons

If it sees no military threat; nations agree to summit in April
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2018 6:01 AM CST
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, meets South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, front left, in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
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(Newser) – A quick post-Olympics meeting between officials from North and South Korea appears to have yielded progress: South Korea's president says the North is willing to get rid of its nuclear weapons under certain conditions. "North Korea has clearly expressed its intention for denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, and if there is no military threat, and North Korea’s regime security is promised, they have clarified that there is no reason to hold nuclear weapons," said a statement from the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, per Bloomberg. Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also agreed to meet for talks in April, reports the AP.

The North has not yet provided its own statement, but Kim reportedly told South Korean envoys who just wrapped up a two-day visit that he is willing to start negotiations with the US on scrapping his nuclear program, reports the New York Times. He also reportedly promised to suspend all missile tests while those talks continued. This would mark the first time that Kim has said he's willing to discuss denuclearization in exchange for a security guarantee from the US, notes the Times. No word yet from the White House.

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