North Korea said it would consider abandoning nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees, an envoy from South Korea said.
After meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security adviser Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that Pyongyang was ready to hand over its nuclear weapons. and the safety of your diet is guaranteed. ”
“The North has clearly expressed its desire to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and has made it clear that there is no reason to own nuclear programs if military threats to the north are lifted and the security of their regime is guaranteed.” said Mr. Chung.
The South Korean official added that Kim and Moon would meet in late April in the fortified border village of Panmunjom to discuss a series of questions. “The South and the North agreed to hold the third summit for … Panmunjom at the end of April.”
The two previous summits took place in 2000 and 2007.
The leaders will have their first phone call before the planned summit, he added. North Korea also promised to freeze its nuclear test and missile program during the dialogue period.
In another part of his speech, Chung said the two sides would establish a direct line of chiefs to “calm military tensions and have close coordination.”
Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have been high in North Korea’s nuclear and nuclear programs.
Washington says it prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but has repeatedly threatened Pyongyang with military actions.
After months of tensions in which US President Donald Trump exchanged insults and threats against North Korea, temperatures fell dramatically as South Korea organized the Winter Olympics.
Inspired by Moon’s policy of reducing tensions with North Korea, South Korea took advantage of the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to open the door to dialogue.
The games have come in the midst of an unprecedented escalation of hostilities between the North on the one hand and the United States and the Asian allies on the other. There was even a risk of a total nuclear confrontation in the region late last year when Pyongyang carried out a series of nuclear tests and massive missiles.
In late February, North Korea condemned the latest round of sanctions imposed by Washington on Pyongyang as an “act of war”, accusing the US administration of trying to undermine the best inter-Korean relations unleashed by the Olympic Games. winter in the south
The conviction came after the US Department of the Treasury. UU It blacklisted more than 50 shipping companies, ships and commercial companies in North Korea, imposing a freeze on assets and prohibiting US citizens from dealing with them.
North Korea and South Korea have been separated by a heavily militarized border since the end of the Korean War in 1953. The conflict ended with an armistice instead of a formal peace treaty and left many families separated. on both sides.
North Korea, for its part, says that its nuclear arsenal is a deterrent against a possible US aggression.