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(US-NK summit) White House: N.K. report on summit is 'source for optimism'

All News 17:04 June 11, 2018

SINGAPORE, June 11 (Yonhap) -- The White House on Monday responded with optimism to North Korea's reported willingness to discuss denuclearization and peace at this week's meeting between their leaders.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that Tuesday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will deal with issues related to establishing "new DPRK-U.S. relations," building a "permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism" on the Korean Peninsula and "realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Asked to comment on the statement, a White House official said it was a "source for optimism" but did not elaborate.

Trump and Kim are slated to meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The two sides are seeking a deal to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program in exchange for security guarantees for the regime. But details remain under wraps, with reported differences on what denuclearization would entail.

"I just think it's going to work out very nicely," Trump said earlier in the day.


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