April 21, 2018

Kim makes official mention of US-North Korea talks

10 April 2018, 07:23 | Marta Robbins

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un discussed talks with the US at a party meeting, state media reported this morning, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a proposed summit with US President Donald Trump in May.

Kim's remarks on Monday break that public silence, although he did not specifically refer to a summit with Trump.

"He's done with the first half of his plan", Delury said.

"We'll be meeting with them sometime in May or early June, and I think there will be great respect paid by both parties and hopefully there will be a deal on de-nuking", Trump said.

Several of China's top state-controlled newspapers, featuring a front page story of Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, are sold at a news kiosk in Beijing on March 28.

For the better part of a year ago, North Korea continued to defy global officials' pleas to cease countless nuclear missile and bomb tests, even going so far as to threaten the USA territory of Guam after fierce words from Trump demanding a halt to their increased military activity.

Still, North Korea's government has not said anything publicly at all about a meeting with Trump, and the lack of known contact between Pyongyang and Washington about the meeting has fueled further speculation about the seriousness of Kim's offer.

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Trump also talked about the recently renegotiated free trade agreement between South Korea and the U.S., saying he think it's going to be "a very fair deal".

This would be the first time a sitting U.S. President has met with a North Korean leader.

A meeting between the USA president and the leader of North Korea would be unprecedented and Trump's surprise decision in March to agree to talks set officials scrambling to arrange the high-stakes sit down. The South Korean president's office announced that Seoul and Pyongyang had reached a historic agreement on holding the third ever summit of the countries' leaders in late April. Before that, Washington had relied mostly on South Korea's assurances of Kim's intentions.

The confirmation follows what seems to be weeks of backchannel diplomatic efforts between the United States and the North Korean government, with the US effort being led primarily by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Details on the talks are still unclear, including the exact agenda and place. He did not clarify where the session might take place. That means it wants to see "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" denuclearization - a very high bar.

On Monday, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton is due to begin his role as Trump's national security adviser, while on Thursday Senate confirmation hearings begin for Mike Pompeo, Trump's nominee for secretary of state.

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