South Korean officials said on Tuesday that North Korea is open to denuclearization if the safety of Kim Jong Un’s regime is ensured, according to Bloomberg News.
The Associated Press also reported that North Korea agreed to halt its nuclear weapons and missile tests if it holds talks with the United States.
These breakthroughs come after discussions between North Korean and South Korean officials in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Jong Un will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit at the end of April at the border of their two countries, per Bloomberg.
“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,” Moon’s office said in a statement.
South Korea officials said that Pyongyang declared it is prepared to have “heart-to-heart” talks with the United States on the North’s potential denuclearization and the normalization of relations with Washington.
Despite bluster from the Hermit Kingdom, as well as from President Donald Trump — both sides have become accustomed to lobbing insults at the other — the U.S. president has repeatedly stressed his openness to soothing tensions through diplomatic channels.
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