North Korea willing to hold nuclear talks with US, says Seoul

The event marked the first time South Korean envoys had visited Pyongyang in over 10 years and the first time Kim conducted a meeting with officials from the South since the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011.

On Tuesday, the leaders of North and South Korea agreed to sit down next month for historic talks, which may include the denuclearization of the divided peninsular, marking a distinct thaw after years of deteriorating relations amid Pyongyang's accelerating nuclear and missile tests.

The two sides next month will hold their first summit since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjom, said Chung Eui-yong, the head of the South Korean delegation.

During talks with Moon's envoys this week, the North expressed its willingness to denuclearize if military threats against it are eliminated, and the security of its regime is guaranteed, without presenting precise conditions.

Despite welcoming the news, Trump signalled the threat of military action remained on the table should talks fail to make headway, and his administration said it would press ahead with potentially provocative joint war games with South Korea.

Some US and South Korean officials have said that Pyongyang may simply be trying to buy time to develop weapons programmes.

Lofven said Sweden will do whatever it can to see that any dialogue is "smooth".

South Korea has been deeply worried by the bellicose rhetoric coming from both Kim and Trump, and has jumped at an Olympic-fueled diplomatic opening. While the attack might not have deliberately targeted civilians, Russia's use of unguided blast bombs in a densely populated area constitutes a war crime.

On-and-off six-nation disarmament negotiations were later held in China from 2003 to 2008. Doan and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia pleaded not guilty to killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.

"I think we're having very good dialogue", Trump said.

"There is no indication that North Korea is willing to denuclearise", says Mr DeTrani. He also made the shocking admission that his secret agents had kidnapped more than a dozen Japanese citizens and agreed to allow the survivors to temporarily return home while Pyongyang investigated what happened to the others.

Coats pointed out that the regime's leader Kim Jong-un has repeatedly stated that he would not give his nuclear and missiles program.

Jonathan Cristol is a fellow at the World Policy Institute and Levermore Research Fellow at Adelphi University. This also indicates that China has begun to pull back some of its support from its rogue puppet, as the last thing the Chinese want is a war on their doorstep. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.

And U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea seems "sincere" in its apparent willingness to suspend nuclear tests if it holds denuclearisation talks with the United States.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson determined North Korea had "used chemical weapons in violation of international law or lethal chemical weapons against its own nationals", the department said in the Federal Register. "They seem to be acting positively", Mr Trump said of North Korea on the sidelines of an Oval Office meeting with the prime minister of Sweden.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned new US sanctions imposed on Pyongyang. From left they are Lee Jeong-mi of the progressive Justice Party, Yoo Seong-min of the Bareunmirae Party, Choo Mi-ae of the ruling Democratic Party, President Moon, Hong Joon-pyo of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party and Cho Bae-sook of the Party for Democracy and Peace.

Under Trump, there is now a greater possibility that the deal could be improved, he said.

Wary of that gambit, Vice President Mike Pence vowed to uphold the US campaign of "maximum pressure" until Pyongyang takes concrete steps to abandon its weapons - insisting the US posture "will not change until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization".