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Kim Jong Un willing to give up nuclear weapons pending US talks

A photo released by KCNA news agency on March 12, 2013, shows North Korea leader Kim Jong Un visiting the Wolnae-do Defence Detachment on the western front line. (KCNA/Xinhua/Zuma Press/MCT)
March 06, 2018

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is willing to talk about the denuclearization if his country’s security is guaranteed and if North Korea talks with the United States, South Korea said Tuesday.

“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,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said.

North Korea especially wants to ensure the safety of its regime, according to reports.

But, as history shows, North Korea doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to following through with agreements such as this, and the genuineness of its current intentions remains to be seen or proven.

North Korea also promised not to use any of its weapons against South Korea.

Kim Jong Un and Moon are now expected to meet at a summit at their countries’ borders in April. South Korean delegates are also expected to visit the United States.

South Korean delegates just returned from a two-day trip to North Korea to visit Kim Jong Un and officials there, and discuss denuclearization.

This announcement is a milestone in the ongoing dialogue between North Korea and the world, as Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump spent the better part of 2017 going back and forth about each other and nuclear weapons.

A South Korean delegation arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, and members were said to have had dinner and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The visit is historic and comes at a time when discourse with North Korea is critical, as the U.S. seeks to have North Korea quell its nuclear ambitions.

The South Korean delegation included 10 people and was headed by the South Korean presidential national security director, Chung Eui-yong.

President Trump has said he would talk with Kim Jong Un, and the United States has expressed willingness and openness to have discussions, as well.