Kim makes first official mention of US-North Korea talks

Bloomberg US Confirms N. Korea's Offer to Talk Denuclearization

North Korea's government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the unprecedented summit will actually occur.

Mr Trump said on Monday that he expected to meet Mr Kim in May or early June, expressing hope that they would reach a deal on "denuking" the Korean peninsula.

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

North Korea has for decades viewed the American military presence in South Korea as part of a "hostile policy" aimed at bringing about its collapse.

The news was confirmed when North Korea has shown their willingness to discuss the issue.

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

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According to the Washington Post quoted an administration official says that the USA has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The Korean Times' report of the dinner speculates that Mr Chung felt comfortable asking the question because in Korea, age is still taken much like rank - the the older the person, the more senior they are.

Mr Trump has agreed to meet Mr Kim for a historic US-North Korean summit as early as next month. It followed reports from unnamed United States administration officials that the USA was in contact with North Korea in preparation for the talks. Trump said: "They've said so".

The two countries have been holding secret meetings to prepare for the summit, trying to work out the logistics of time and meeting place. However, he was eager to engage with the authoritarian Kim Jong-un once the possibility of a meeting between the two was raised.

The White House had previously said the president would meet with Kim before the end of May.

Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar is also considered as one of the possible locations, the report added.

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