US says North Korea is open to discuss denuclearization
April 9, 2018
The message is said to have been delivered through communication channels between officials of the two governments. It is the first time Pyongyang has directly addressed Washington on the future of its nuclear arsenal.
The existence of at least two or three direct channels of information between officials of both countries had previously been confirmed by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Still, the two officials that spoke with the WSJ and TheWashington Post could not specify when or how the contacts between governments had taken place.
Trump took his own administration and other countries by surprise last month when he accepted an offer from Kim to hold a meeting.
This month, China also confirmed that Kim Jong Un would be open to discussing denuclearization.
But no public or private confirmation from the North Koreans had reached the US, which fueled doubts about the veracity of their pledge.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump to meet