North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un acknowledged the prospect of talks with the United States, state media reported Tuesday, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a planned summit with US President Donald Trump.
South Korea will seek high-level talks with North Korea this month as preparations for a summit began on Friday, the presidential chief of staff said, while officials in the South expressed interest in a separate summit with the United States.
Iran, Russia and Turkey, guarantors of the Syria cease-fire, reaffirmed their strong commitment to the Arab country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity after a tripartite foreign ministerial meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could fizzle without an agreement or it could result in "the greatest deal for the world" to ease nuclear tensions between the two countries.
North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization and will suspend nuclear tests while those talks are under way, the South said on Tuesday after a delegation returned from the North where it met leader Kim Jong-un.
European powers and Iran have started talks over Tehran’s role in the Middle East and will meet again this month in Italy as part of efforts to prove to US President Donald Trump that they are meeting his concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group on Wednesday as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged the United States to "lower the threshold for talks" with North Korea on Monday as his aides held rare talks with a Pyongyang general on ways to defuse tensions.
The United States is due to announce its largest package of sanctions against North Korea to pressure the country into giving up its nuclear and missile programs, as South Korea readies itself for further talks with its leaders.