Trump hails 'possible progress' with North Korea

AFP , Tuesday 6 Mar 2018

Trump and Kim
This combination of pictures created on January 2, 2018 shows a photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken and released on January 1, 2018 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un(L) delivering a New Year's speech at an undisclosed location, and US President Donald Trump speaking during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 20, 2017.

US President Donald Trump hailed "possible progress" on the North Korea nuclear impasse Tuesday after Seoul announced Pyongyang was willing to discuss giving up its nuclear weapons for American security guarantees.

"Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea," Trump tweeted in his first response to the overture. "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!"

South Korea's national security advisor Chung Eui-yong announced the potential breakthrough in Seoul after returning from a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which the two sides agreed to hold a summit next month in the Demilitarized Zone.

Chung said the North is open to "frank" talks with the United States on denuclearization and would suspend missile and nuclear tests while dialogue was under way.

It is willing to abandon the programs if its national security -- and that of its leadership -- is guaranteed, Chung said.

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