Chief N. Korean delegate says Pyongyang willing to hold talks with U.S.

SEOUL, North Korea has "enough" willingness to hold talks with the United States, a ranking North Korean official told South Korean President Moon Jae-in Sunday, according to Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

The remarks from Kim Yong-chol, a senior official of the North's ruling Worker's Party in charge of inter-Korean relations, came in a meeting with Moon in PyeongChang, the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

"President Moon pointed out that U.S.-North Korea dialogue must be held at an early date even for an improvement in the South-North Korea relationship and the fundamental resolution of Korean Peninsula issues," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said of the meeting.

A Cheong Wa Dae official later explained that those Korean Peninsula issues included North Korea's nuclear development program, also adding that the president specifically pointed out the need to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, in the meeting.

"The North Korean delegation too agreed that North Korea-U.S. relations must develop along with the South-North Korea relationship while noting (the North) has enough intention to hold North Korea-U.S. dialogue," the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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