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US ready to resume talks with N Korea

June 25, 2019 00:00:00

Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON, June 24 (AP): Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the US was prepared to resume talks with North Korea "at a moment's notice" if the North signaled it wanted discussions about denuclearisation.

Pompeo said he hoped that a letter recently sent by President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would "provide a good foundation for us to begin to continue these important discussions with the North Koreans to denuclearise the peninsula."

The North's state-run news agency on Sunday described Trump's letter to Kim as "excellent" and reported that Kim said he would "seriously contemplate" the content.

What was in the letter was not revealed by US or North Korean officials. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said the two leaders have had an ongoing correspondence.

The US has demanded that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons entirely before international sanctions are lifted. For its part, North Korea wants sanctions to be lifted and other concessions by the US as it moves step by step toward denuclearisation.

The second Trump-Kim summit, held last February in Hanoi, ended in failure and formal talks between the two nations broke down. Trump said in June he had received a "beautiful" letter from Kim, not revealing its contents, and recently said had received a "birthday letter" from the North Korean.

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