Monday 20 August 2018

N Korea says US must drop demand for scrapping nuclear programmes before talks

The Trump administration said North Korea must show a real commitment towards halting its nuclear programmes.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook and Ivanka Trump with vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol, (top right) at the closing ceremony of the games in South Korea (Mike Egerton/PA)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook and Ivanka Trump with vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee Kim Yong Chol, (top right) at the closing ceremony of the games in South Korea (Mike Egerton/PA)

By Associated Press reporters

North Korea has said it is will only have talks with the US if Washington drops preconditions and demands for showing a willingness to scrap its nuclear programmes.

A North Korean delegate to the Olympics in South Korea said his country is willing to hold talks with US president Donald Trump but only “under the right conditions”, said the office of South Korean president Moon Jae-in during the closing ceremony.

The spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign ministry said the North would not accept preconditions for talks.

The Trump administration has said North Korea must show a real commitment towards ending its nuclear and missile programmes before any talks can take place.

Press Association

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