US and North Korea to talk dis­ar­ma­ment

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

1 North Korea told the US for the first time that it was pre­pared to dis­cuss the de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean penin­sula when Kim Jong-un meets Don­ald Trump, a US of­fi­cial said.

US and North Korean of­fi­cials have held se­cret con­tacts re­cently, in which Py­ongyang said it was will­ing to take part in the sum­mit, an of­fi­cial said. No date has been set for the meet­ing. Un­til now, Wash­ing­ton had re­lied on South Korea’s as­sur­ance of Kim’s in­ten­tions. South Korean en­voys vis­ited Wash­ing­ton last month to con­vey Kim’s in­vi­ta­tion to meet. Trump, who has ex­changed threats with Kim in the past year, sur­prised the world by quickly agree­ing to meet the North Korean leader.

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