US North Korea envoy says Trump is ready to 'end this war'

US North Korea envoy says Trump is ready to 'end this war'

Pyongyang has yet to take concrete steps in that direction, in Washington's view, and the director of United States national intelligence, Mr Dan Coats, told Congress on Tuesday that it was unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and has continued activity inconsistent with pledges to denuclearise.

The pledge goes beyond the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which Kim has previously offered to demolish, Biegun said at Stanford University in California.

"They said that they were totally misquoted, and they were totally - it was taken out of context", Trump said in an exchange with reporters.

He added that North Korea wanted the U.S. to take "corresponding measures" - which he would discuss with North Korean officials in upcoming talks.

The U.S. -North Korean talks have moved slowly since the first Trump-Kim meeting last June in Singapore.

USA intelligence chiefs are sounding alarms about an even more perilous future for the United States, one in which Washington is in danger of losing friends and its global influence, reported on January 29.

He said: "We now assess that North Korea will seek to retain its WMD capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival".

In December, North Korea state media released a statement, saying the country would not dismantle its nuclear weapons until the USA withdrew its forces from the region - its clearest definition yet of denuclearization, but something the US has said it will not do.

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He pledged that once North Korea was denuclearised, the United States was prepared to explore with it and other countries the best way to mobilise investment in the country.

Biegun could also meet Kim and deliver a message from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The North is also apparently demanding the inclusion of a multilateral peace treaty on the summit agenda. "They are wrong!" Trump tweeted, later adding, "perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!". "Happily, we had a very good meeting, and we are all on the same page!".

Biegun said the United States had eased the rules on the provision of humanitarian aid for the North, adding that he would discuss other "corresponding measures" when he meets Kim Hyok-chol in the South Korean capital.

Earlier Thursday, Trump would not specifically say if he still has confidence in Coats and Haspel but made it clear that he has disagreed with his senior intelligence officials on "certain things" and "time will prove me right, probably".

Trump also described US relations with China positively Thursday, saying the two were cooperating and reaching a deal, despite the intelligence community's talks of power threats earlier in the week. We can't sit here holding onto the most powerful weapons man has ever made and look at other people and say, you can't have these.

Special Representative Stephen Biegun, who is in charge of day-to-day negotiations with the North, said the declaration will be required to acknowledge complete denuclearization of the regime.

Additionally, North Korea released a bombshell statement in December, saying they won't give up their nuclear weapons unless the US does so first.