Donald Trump has reacted cautiously to the news that North Korea is willing to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons if it did not feel threatened. The US president said the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive, but also said it might be a “false hope”.
South Korea had earlier said the subject was raised when its officials met the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Seoul said Mr Kim was also open to US talks and would pause weapons testing. However previous talks with North Korea have come to nothing, and some US and South Korean officials have suggested the North may be trying to buy time to develop weapons programmes and to seek relief from biting sanctions. There has also been no immediate comment from Pyongyang itself.