SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's top national security director, the man who met face-to-face with Kim Jong Un, is headed to Washington on Thursday to brief the trump administration on what the North Korean leader is now proposing.
South Korea says North Korea is ready to sit down with the U.S. and talk about denuclearization, talk about normalizing relations that they're willing to put a pause on all the nuclear and missile tests, if those talks go forward, and that they're not concerned about the upcoming military exercises being scaled back, no demands as such, as a precondition for talks.
President Trump has voiced some early optimism about these latest overtures.
"We have come certainly a long way at least rhetorically, with North Korea. It would be a great thing for the world. It would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for the peninsula, but we'll see what happens," Trump said.
Japanese government officials on Wednesday said that North Korea's intuitions are unclear right now and that they need to show concrete actions that they're serious about giving up their nuclear weapons.
South Korea's president saying on Wednesday that there will be no easing of international sanctions on North Korea that it's too early for moves like that.