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Kim Jong Un will talk denuclearization with Trump, officials say

Kim Jong Un will talk denuclearization with Trump, officials say

Mr Kim mentioned the "prospect" of dialogue between North Korea and the USA at a meeting of party officials.

It was not known what such measures would entail, but Kim's reported remarks have led some analysts to suspect that he may call for removing the US nuclear umbrella for South Korea, a key USA ally in Asia, and withdrawing American troops from the country - conditions deemed as nonstarters for Washington.

But the North remained publicly silent for weeks after its leader's invitation to talks was first delivered to Trump by South Korean officials.

The ruling party's meeting was held two days before the annual session of the North Korean parliament on Wednesday, which will mainly discuss issues like national budget and personnel reorganization.

The confirmation offers the administration greater assurances that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is committed to a potential meeting with Trump by the end of next month.

Kim chaired a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee (C.C.) of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) "upon the authorization" of the organ, state media said, providing a report on the "development of the recent situation on the Korean peninsula".

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The official accompanied the North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho at a ministerial-level meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan, last week.

"We're close to finishing a deal with South Korea, which was a frightful deal", he said. "I think it's going to be a very exciting thing for the world", he continued.

"We'll be meeting with them sometime in May or early June", Trump said. "Hopefully it will be a relationship that will be much different than it has been for many, many years". The summit would be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Chinese state media recently confirmed that Kim traveled and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, in an unprecedented first visit outside his home country since becoming supreme leader in 2011. He did not clarify where the session might take place.

No specifics have yet emerged concerning the date or venue, with a 3rd country such as Mongolia or Sweden reportedly under consideration to host the talks.

North Korea has told the United States it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when Kim meets Trump, a USA official told Reuters on Sunday.


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