N Korea promises to destroy nuclear fuel facilities

"Exactly what these measures are are a matter I plan to discuss with my North Korean counterpart during our next set of meetings", CNN quoted Biegun as saying.

He also said that "a tremendous amount of good things" were happening in the US-led fight against ISIS.

According to Biegun, the topic has not been discussed with the regime.

In the speech, Biegun also confirmed that he held the "first extended, working-level discussion" with his newly-appointed North Korean counterpart, Ambassador Kim Hyok-chol, last month.

The last summit, the first between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, resulted in a vague commitment by Kim to work toward the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The president has remained relatively under the radar since the end of the 35-day government shutdown last week.

In September past year, an inter-Korean summit was held where North Korea's Kim expressed willingness to close Yongbyon if the United States took the corresponding action. He said that major progress has been made with North Korea.

But the South Korean official ruled out the possibility of easing sanctions on North Korea or a resumption of economic projects between the two Koreas.

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"If the USA miscalculates our people's patience, forces something upon us and pursues sanctions and pressure without keeping a promise it made in front of the world, we have no option but to explore a new path in order to protect our sovereignty and achieve peace on the Korean peninsula", stated Kim Jong Un. "North Korea relations" is "prosperity, along with denuclearization and peace", he added.

If diplomacy doesn't work, the US has unspecified "contingencies", he added.

A United States negotiator called Thursday on North Korea to provide a detailed account of its weapons to seal a peace deal, saying President Donald Trump was ready to offer a future that includes diplomatic relations and economic aid.

Trump is "ready to end this war", said Biegun, likely hinting at a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty. "We're not going to invade North Korea. We are not seeking to topple the regime".

"When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond".

The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA, the director of national intelligence and other officials testified Tuesday about worldwide threats to USA national security, revealing significant differences between what the intelligence community has concluded and what the president claims about Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, the prospect for nuclear talks with North Korea, the strength Islamic State and other security issues. Instead, he said he hopes both sides can take actions that are "mutually reinforcing". "Progress being made-big difference!"

They also challenged Trump's claim that Tehran is actively seeking nuclear weapons, the justification the president gave for withdrawing a year ago from a multilateral treaty on Iran.

The document the two leaders signed at the previous one has been criticized for being too vague, and analysts say that the future of diplomatic talks is riding on this meeting to achieve more concrete outcomes.

  • Sonia Alvarado