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N. Korea willing to denuclearise if security guaranteed

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    Agence France-Presse

Seoul, South Korea   /   Tue, March 6, 2018   /   07:02 pm
N. Korea willing to denuclearise if security guaranteed This picture taken on March 5, 2018 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) shaking hands with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong (R), who travelled as envoys of the South's President Moon Jae-in, during their meeting in Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed ways to ease tensions on the peninsula with visiting South Korean envoys, the state KCNA news agency reported on March 6. (Agence France -Presse/STR)

North Korea said it was willing to abandon its nuclear weapons if the security of its regime is guaranteed, Seoul's envoy said Tuesday after meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un. 

"The North made clear its willingness for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and made clear that there is no reason to own nuclear (programmes) if military threats towards the North are cleared and the security of its regime is guaranteed," said Chung Eui-yong, national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 

North and South Korea have also agreed to hold a summit at their heavily armed border next month, Seoul's envoy said Tuesday after meeting with Kim Jong Un on a trip to Pyongyang.  

"The South and the North agreed to hold the third summit at... Panmunjom in late April," said Chung Eui-yong, the national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-In, referring to the truce village at the heavily-fortified border. 

If realised, the summit will be the third meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas, which technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty. 

The previous two summits were held in 2000 and 2007, respectively, under South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun who both advocated dialogue with Pyongyang.