>> North Korea says it's open to getting rid of its nuclear program, if there's no military threat against it and the safety of its regime was secured. This, according to South Korean officials, who met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Monday. Also announced, the North and South will hold their first summit in more than a decade in late April.
State media said, the Supreme Leader told them he wants to forge better ties and work toward reunification. The South adding that North Korea also said it was open to talking with the United States and would suspend missile testing during negotiations. Reuters, Josh Smith, is in Seoul.>> This was something of a historic meeting, because this is the first time that such senior South Korean officials have met personally with North Korean leader, Kim Jung Un.
South Korean officials went to Pyongyang in the hopes of not only reducing tensions between the two countries, but also bringing North Korea and the United States together to discuss the future of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. After this visit the members of the South Korea's delegation are scheduled to visit Washington to brief officials there and likely look to try to create some kind of diplomatic breakthrough.
>> Washington has said, while they're open to talks, they'll only start dialogue with the aim to take away the North's weapons. On Tuesday, President Trump struck a cautiously optimistic tone.>> 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.>> The North hasn't staged a nuclear or missile test since November. And the Olympics seemingly fostered goodwill when both Koreas came together to participate in the games. But on Tuesday, even as the senior delegation visited the North, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the South's military should focus all it's power on ramping up it's defenses and build up joint forces with the United States.