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>> South Korea said it wants to play mediator between the US and North Korea. Those comments came Thursday after a rocky 24 hours where Pyongyang threatened to pull out of top level talks next month with President Donald Trump. An official from Seoul says now the South wants to step in because the two sides seem to have, quote, difference in stances.
> We decided to closely coordinate with both sides so that the upcoming North Korea US Summit will be held successfully with mutual respect. South Korea's leader Moon Jae-in is already set to meet Trump next week in Washington where they'll likely discuss the president's sit down with Kim in June.
The North had said this week it would pull out if the US continues to demand it completely abandon its nuclear arsenal. The white house was cautiously optimistic talks would go ahead.>> Look this is something that we fully expected. The president is very used and ready for tough negotiations and if they want to meet we'll be ready.
And if they don't that's okay too.>> Also on Thursday, Japan's Asahi newspaper cited sources who say the US has already told the North to ship out some nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles overseas within six months. They also say that weeks ago when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kim Jong-un, he told Kim America may take Pyongyang off a list of state sponsors of terrorism if it ships out the nuclear items.
The report also said that Washington is considering giving guarantees for Kim's regime if the North agrees to complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.