North Korea would talk with US under the ‘right conditions’

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Choe Son Hui, Deputy Director General of the Department of US Affairs of North Korea Foreign Ministry walks ahead of Wu Dawei, Chinese Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs and other delegates to attend the 26th Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue held in Beijing, China, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Participants from China, U.S., North Korea, South Korea, Japan and Russia are expected to discuss the development and peace of Northeast Asia. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

“North Korea will have talks with U.S. under ‘right’ conditions”

A senior North Korean diplomat, who handles relations with the United States, said on Saturday that Pyongyang would have dialogue with the U.S. administration if conditions were right, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Talks between North Korea and the United States could be held if the circumstances were favorable, a senior Pyongyang diplomat said on Saturday in comments carried by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry Director-General for U.S. Affairs, made the comment to reporters in Beijing as she was travelling home from Norway, Yonhap said.

“We’ll have dialogue if the conditions are there,” she said.

Her remarks come after US President Donald Trump earlier this month said that he would be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “under the right circumstances.”

When asked if North Korea was also preparing to talk with the new government in South Korea of liberal President Moon Jae-in, Ms. Choe said: “We’ll see.”

The comments by Ms. Choe, a veteran member of the North’s team of nuclear negotiators, came amid stepped up international efforts to press North Korea and ease tensions over its pursuit of nuclear arms.

U.S. President Donald Trump warned in an interview with Reuters in late April that a “major, major conflict” with the North was possible, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute over its nuclear and missile programmes.

 

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