State Media: North Korea's Nuclear Weapons 'Reliably Guaranteed' Peace on Earth

Kim agreed to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April, expressed a willingness to hold denuclearization talks with the USA and offered to suspend nuclear and missile tests while talks are under way.

Chung Eui-yong, head of Seoul's National Security Office, will meet top U.S. officials including National Security Advisor HR McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Yonhap news agency said.

After returning from the United States, Chung will visit China and Russian Federation, while Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea's intelligence agency, will head to Japan to brief officials.

The South Korean envoys were expected to brief USA officials on North Korea's stance on possible future talks with Washington and its apparent willingness to suspend nuclear tests if the security of the North's government is assured.

Wang said China "fully commends and supports" the steps taken by the two countries and calls on the United States and North Korea "to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later" and move to set up a peace-establishing mechanism. "Even if we hold the military exercises, inter-Korean relations won't collapse".

From Seoul came the unbelievable statement from the South Korean president's office on Tuesday which, based on preliminary contacts, said: "The North showed willingness on denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula".

According to the South Korean officials, North Korea said it has no reason to possess nuclear weapons as long as military threats against the country are removed and its security is guaranteed. Up until now, they have kept the stance that their nuclear weapons program would never be up for debate.

This line of dialogue, of course, marks a significant departure from years of nuclear rhetoric from Kim's regime.

Last August, South Korea's National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) delivered a petition to the United Nations, written by the Citizen's Organization Conference and signed by several private organizations, calling for the release of detained South Koreans. But fears of war eased last month, coinciding with North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.

"Coming from Kim Jong-un himself, a willingness about denuclearisation is exactly what they have been looking for so if they don't seize this opportunity, I think it's going to call into a question a lot of what this policy is really about".

Chung and Suh met with Kim on Monday and agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit in late April.

The top diplomat dealing with North Korea, Joseph Yun, is set to retire from his role at the State Department this week. He also said that he would suspend all nuclear and ballistic missile tests while talks with Washington were in progress. The Trump administration also pushed through some of the harshest economic sanctions any country has ever faced.

Japan's prime minister warned today that North Korea's offer of denuclearisation talks with the United States could be a ploy to play for time and stressed the need for Pyongyang to take "concrete" steps.

  • Jon Douglas