Top South Korean negotiators left for the United States Thursday to brief their American counterparts on the outcome of their historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week. "The most urgent issue is to make sure the United States and North Korea will engage in talks," South Korean National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong said.
Chung will meet US national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster at the White House Thursday afternoon. Afterward, the South Korean delegation is expected to brief other senior officials from the US government. On Tuesday, Chung announced the North Koreans were prepared to discuss denuclearization with the US as long as their security was assured.
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"I think that their statement and the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive," US President Donald Trump said Tuesday. US Secretary of Defense Mattis has said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the offer of talks from North Korea. It is not the first time North Korea has volunteered to hold talks on its nuclear program. In both 1994 and 2005 Pyongyang said it would give up its nuclear arsenal, but they donțt respected the promise each time. “These programs are going to continue, but if we have a suspension of nuclear tests and missile tests, that’s a good first step here. It’s better than not having one,” Joel Wit, a senior fellow at Washington’s U.S.-Korea Institute appreciated. For the instant United States has no plans to hold off on its annual drills with the South Korea military.