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Kim Jong Un promises not to use nuclear weapons against Seoul after high-level talks

Tuesday - 06/03/2018 07:19
JUST when the world thought they had him pegged, Kim Jong Un has stunned with a surprising about face on nuclear weapons.

NORTH Korea has vowed not to use nuclear weapons against South Korea and could impose a ban on further nuclear and missile tests during talks with the US, South Korean media reports.

The stunning about face followed the first meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean officials since 2011.

It led to claims Kim Jong Un would not use conventional weapons against South Korea and had no reason to possesses nuclear weapons if it has a security guarantee.

The leaders also agreed to establish a “hotline” between the countries to reduce military tensions and will meet for another summit in late April.

All smiles. Kim Jong Un with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong. Picture: KCNA.
All smiles. Kim Jong Un with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong. Picture: KCNA.Source:AFP
 
North and South Korean leaders come together in their first talks since 2011. Picture: South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images.
North and South Korean leaders come together in their first talks since 2011. Picture: South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

The surprising series of concessions came after Kim Jong Un and top officials dined with South Korean leaders face-to-face in their first meeting in seven years.

The North Korean leader was joined by his wife Ri Sol-Ju and sister Kim Yo-jong, for the four hour session designed to advance inter-Korean relations.

South Korean security adviser, Chung Eui-yong told local media North Korea committed to denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

“The North side clearly affirmed its commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and said it would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons should the safety of its regime be guaranteed and military threats against North Korea removed,” he said.

He added that the North said it would hold “candid” talks with the US on how to reinstate bilateral ties, while agreeing there would be no further tests while talks are in progress.

“In addition, the North promised not to use not only nuclear weapons but also conventional weapons against the South,” he said.

The meeting raised the prospect of talks with the US and said a ban on further testing would take place while underway. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci.
The meeting raised the prospect of talks with the US and said a ban on further testing would take place while underway. Picture: AP Photo/Evan Vucci.Source:AP

The two Koreas also agreed to hold a landmark meeting of leaders at the border truce village of Panmunjom in late April. Chung led a 10-member South Korean delegation that met with Kim Jong Un during a two-day visit to Pyongyang.

The talks follow North Korean participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics where the two states marched as one under a joint flag into the opening ceremony. North Korean leaders also watched the games and sent the famed “army of beauties” cheer squad to take part.

News of the upcoming summit follows extreme tensions between North Korean and the US after a series of missile and nuclear tests and a war of words between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

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