Kim Jong Un met senior South Korean government officials for the first time and said it was his “firm will to vigorously advance” inter-Korean ties and pursue reunification, the North’s official news agency said.
North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization and will suspend nuclear tests while those talks are underway said South Korea on Tuesday.
North and South Korea will hold their first summit in more than a decade next month at the border village of Panmunjom
“North Korea made clear its willingness to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and the fact there is no reason for it to have a nuclear program if military threats against the North are resolved and its regime is secure” said the head of the delegation, Chung Eui-yong.
To ensure close communication, the two Koreas will set up a hotline between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, Chung said.
President Donald Trump responded with a tweet:
“Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!”