Parroting the same sentiments made by President Trump earlier this month, Choi Son Hui, North Korea’s foreign ministry director general for U.S. affairs, indicated on Saturday that Pyongyang would be ready to negotiate with the U.S. “if conditions are set.”
Choi met with former U.S. officials and scholars in Norway for something called “track 2” talks, which cover a range of issues, including nuclear and security. The occasional talks offer an informal opportunity for the two sides to exchange opinions and concerns.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said in a recent interview regarding the Kim Jong-un, adding, “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
The last time North Korea tried to negotiate with the U.S. and five other countries over its nuclear weapons program was in 2008, and those talks failed.
Choi gave no details about what kinds of conditions her “dear leader” expects, but when reporters asked if Pyongang might also engage with the new South Korean government, Choi’s answer was a vague “we’ll see.”
North Korea recently admonished the U.S. for imposing new sanctions on its country, which were put in place by Congress in response to Pyongyang’s defiant missile test launches.
To date, North Korea has detained four Americans over alleged hostile acts and is threatening to “ruthlessly punish” them.
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