February 28, 2019 / 4:29 AM / 4 months ago

North Korea leader Kim says ready to denuclearize

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump attend the extended bilateral meeting in the Metropole hotel with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the North Korean Workers' Party Committee, during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday he would not be in Vietnam meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump if he was not prepared to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

In answers to reporters’ questions during his meeting with Trump, Kim also said he would welcome the idea of putting a U.S. liaison office in the North’s capital, Pyongyang.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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