United Nations chief says time to seize the opportunity for Korean talks

Nauert said that U.S. investigators operating under the 1991 Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act had determined on February 22 that North Korea was to blame for the murder and that VX was used.

'This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we can not afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programme of any kind'.

Guterres "is encouraged by the advances made during the latest inter-Korean talks, particularly the agreement to hold a summit meeting soon, to further reduce military tensions, and to discuss denuclearization in future talks with all relevant parties", it added. Chung said on Tuesday he had a message from Kim Jong Un he will relay to USA officials.

On-again off-again "six-party" talks, grouping the two Koreas, Japan, Russia and the United States and hosted by China, ended in failure in 2009, with North Korea criticising USA aggression.

North Korea's willingness to hold a "candid dialogue" with the United States to discuss denuclearization and establish diplomatic relations follows a year of increased fears of war on the Korean Peninsula, with Kim and Trump exchanging fiery rhetoric and crude insults over Kim's barrage of weapons tests.

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Trump commented Tuesday as he retweeted a link from The Drudge Report about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosting South Korean envoys in a rare visit to the North.

North Korea in the past has sought the withdrawal of USA forces in South Korea and the wider region, effectively meaning an end to the U.S.

Kim Jong Un's half-brother was assassinated on the orders of the North Korean government, the USA has said.

North Korea has boasted of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

Leaders around the world have also met the apparent breakthrough with guarded optimism, wary of repeating past negotiations that failed to prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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In Chung's account, Kim indicated he would not need to keep nuclear weapons if military threats against North Korea were removed and his nation received a credible security guarantee.

North and South next month will have the first meeting between their leaders since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjom, Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean delegation, said on Tuesday.

Moon's office is expected to hold a media briefing on the outcome of the visit later Tuesday.

This was the first time South Korean officials met with the North Korean leader in person since he assumed power after his father's death in late 2011.

The rival Koreas have been taking steps to fix ties strained by North Korean nuclear weapons and missile tests after the North reached out to the South over the recently concluded Pyeongchang Olympics.

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