North Korea is reportedly willing to give up its nuclear weapons program if safety can be guaranteed for Kim Jong Un's regime, according to South Korea.
“North Korea has clearly expressed its intention for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and if there is no military threat, and North Korea's regime security is promised, they have clarified that there is no reason to hold nuclear weapons,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement, according to Bloomberg.
The statement also revealed that a summit meeting between Kim and Moon is set to take place at the end of April, noting that the North was ready to halt weapons tests to hold candid talks with the United States.
The Associated Press also reported on Tuesday that the rogue nation is prepared to hold “heart-to-heart” discussions with the U.S. regarding potential denuclearization.
South Korea's presidential national security director also noted that the North promised not to use weapons against South Korea. The comments follow South Korean officials meeting with Kim.
In late February, the Trump administration announced plans to impose the “largest ever” set of sanctions against North Korea in history.
“Our actions target shipping and trade companies, vessels and individuals across the world who we know are working on North Korea's behalf, specifically, we are sanctioning 27 entities, 28 vessels and one individual, all involved in sanctions, and evasion schemes,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters Friday.