Kim Jong Un Claims He Will Relinquish Nuclear Weapons for Regime Guarantee

Ben Cho, April 9, 2018, 8:40 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-in told Chinese President Xi Jinping during their summit on March 26 that he could "completely relinquish" his nuclear weapons if the U.S. provides "clear security guarantees and rewards" for scrapping its nuclear weapons, Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said Sunday.

The Japanese daily said it has become clear that Kim wants security guarantee, halt to international sanctions and massive economic support before he scraps his nuclear weapons.

Citing diplomatic sources, the Yomiuri Shimbun also reported that Kim said he is ready to allow verification efforts in the progress of nuclear dismantlement "actively and in an open manner" if the U.S. meets his demands, and added that the time until he scraps his nuclear weapons "could be as short as possible" depending on negotiations.

Meanwhile, unnamed U.S. officials have said for the first time that North Korea told them in behind-the-scenes contacts it is willing to talk about dismantling its nuclear program.

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