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Photos distributed by the North showed a beaming Kim dressed in a dark Mao-style suit and holding hands with Moon's national security director, Chung Eui-yong, the leader of the 10-member South Korean delegation.

She said: "On February 22 2018 the United States determined, under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, that the Government of North Korea used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong-nam in the Kuala Lumpur Airport".

North Korea's reported 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 U.S. President Donald Trump exchanging fiery rhetoric and crude insults over Kim's barrage of weapons tests.

The exercises are usually conducted in March and April, but South Korean President Moon Jae-In told NBC News in December that his country was asking the US to put off the exercises until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang which end March 18.

Word of possible talks was delivered by a South Korean delegation on its return from a first-ever meeting with North Korean leader Kim in Pyongyang on Monday. But it's also believed that the negotiations should be on a basis of equal footing - that is the key there.

It's tempting to interpret all this as evidence that President Trump's campaign of "maximum pressure", including tougher sanctions, is finally persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

In 2003, China-led six-party talks, bringing together the United States, Russia, Japan, China and both Koreas in a torturous process. Over the years, North Korea has repeatedly raised hopes-and then dashed them-about either ceasing to develop or getting rid of nuclear weapons.

Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado, says with the renewed talks that it's important to note that "we've also been here before". The Nikkei Asian Review compiled the views of experts who outlined three possible reasons behind Kim's actions.

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North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Those efforts fell apart amid disputes on how to verify the North's atomic activities.

North Korea also said it would not need to keep its nuclear weapons if the U.S. drops its military threats and provides a credible security guarantee, Chung said.

The Trump administration also pushed through some of the harshest sanctions the already hugely sanctioned North has yet faced.

Moon's chief envoy and national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and intelligence chief Suh Hoon will leave for Washington on Thursday, he added.

"We came into possession of nuclear weapons in a righteous manner with a goal of defending the country's top interest against US nuclear threats", it said. Kim Jong-il, the leader in Pyongyang at the time (and the father of current leader Kim Jong-un), appeared suddenly friendly. Although an aid-for-disarmament deal in 1994 shut down North Korea's production of plutonium for bombs for nearly a decade, it collapsed when the U.S. accused the North of running a clandestine uranium program instead.

A senior Trump administration official, who briefed reporters on the developments on condition he not be quoted by name, referenced North Korea's "27-year history of them breaking every agreement they have ever made".

Trump credited all sides with a "serious effort" as U.S. -allied South Korean envoys returned home from a rare visit to their northern neighbor with the news of an inter-Korean summit planned for late April.

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