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(LEAD) N.K. leader willing to discuss denuclearization with U.S.: Seoul

2018/03/06 20:53

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SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed a willingness to talk to the United States to discuss denuclearization, an official of South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

Kim made the suggestion during his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoys, who were in Pyongyang for a two-day visit starting Monday, the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

"Chairman Kim said that even denuclearization could be among the agenda items for talks between North Korea and the U.S.," he said. "What drew our attention, in particular, is that he made clear that achieving denuclearization is his father's dying wish and that it has not been changed at all.

"Kim also didn't specify anything special from South Korea or other countries in return for the North coming to dialogue but expressed an intent to be treated seriously as a counterpart for talks," he added.

The U.S. has said that the North should show its seriousness in efforts on denuclearization before resuming talks. The North had claimed that denuclearization could not be discussed in any circumstances.