Published: Tue, April 10, 2018

Russia's foreign minister to visit North Korea

Russia's foreign minister to visit North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has briefed top ruling party officials on his vision for the future direction of dialogue with the United States and his upcoming summit with South Korea's president, the North's official media reported.

Trump agreed last month to a landmark meeting with the nuclear-armed leader, which would mark first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, but no specific dates or venue have been set.

Washington's long-held stance is that it will not accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.

The main issue at the summit will be North Korea's nuclear programme.

Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump expressed hope that a deal to get Pyongyang to denuclearize might be made.

According to multiple reports over the weekend, Kim Jong Un has agreed to discuss denuclearization at the meeting.

Kim's remarks on Monday break that public silence, although he did not specifically refer to a summit with Trump.

If the talks go ahead, it would be the first time a sitting U.S. president has met a North Korean leader.

He added that previous presidents should have held such talks.

The meeting of the Political Bureau of the C.C. came two days ahead of the Sixth Session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, slated to take place on Wednesday.

In South Korea, meanwhile, there are growing signs that Moon Jae-in's government is about to enter its own summit with Kim Jong-un - the third inter-Korean summit later this month - with a different set of assumptions.

Trump said that Washington "maintains contact with North Korea", and also noted that the U.S. wants a "fair deal".

The four men were last seen together in September past year, at a meeting presided by Kim Jong Un at which it was reportedly made a decision to conduct the country's sixth nuclear test.

As Trump pressures other countries to cut off economic aid to North Korea until it gives up nuclear weapons, Trump said that "I think there'll be great respect paid by both parties" at the prospective meeting. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that the North has confirmed the offer to the United States. The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar has also been raised as a possible location, the sources said.

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