Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called the news that North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about giving up its nuclear weapons “very positive” and said he was open to talks with Pyongyang during an Oval Office meeting with his Swedish counterpart on Tuesday.
“They seem to be acting positively. We’re going to see,” Trump said.
But a senior administration official sounded a note of caution after the President spoke, saying the US is looking for North Korea to take concrete actions or “credible moves” toward denuclearization before agreeing to direct talks.
“All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible moves toward denuclearization,” the official said. “What we are looking for is concrete steps toward denuclearization.”
The senior administration official signaled a North Korean pledge to stop testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles would not suffice if North Korea privately continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
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