U.S. envoy hints at compromise in North Korea nuclear talks

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Published on February 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:45s

U.S. envoy hints at compromise in North Korea nuclear talks

U.S. strategy on North Korea seems to be changing as the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un approaches.

Special envoy Stephen Biegun told an audience at Stanford University that Washington is willing to discuss 'many actions' to entice Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons, and left the door open to a step-by-step process.

Eve Johnson reports.

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U.S. envoy hints at compromise in North Korea nuclear talks

The U.S. may be getting ready to offer North Korea a little bit of wiggle room in its demands that Pyongyang scrap its nuclear weapons program That's as diplomats rush to prepare for the next big summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Biegun dropped some hints during a speech at Stanford University on Thursday (January 31).

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA STEPHEN BIEGUN, SAYING: "Nothing in today's circumstances necessarily guarantees that we will be successful.

However, today we differ in terms of both situation, and approach from the past" Biegan laid out demands that Washington has made before including that North Korea provide a list of all its weapons.

But he also hinted at how the U.S. may look for a way forward with the North.

Reuters Josh Smith in Seoul explains.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA STEPHEN BIEGUN, SAYING: "Biegun said that on the agenda for some of his talks with the North Korean officials will be what so-called corresponding measures the United States may be willing to take in response to North Korea potentially giving up at least some part of its nuclear weapons or ballistic missile programs." In his speech Biegen also appeared to break news, saying Pyongyang had earlier promised U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to shut down its uranium and plutonium enrichment sites, although some say there's reason to be skeptcial for the time being.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA STEPHEN BIEGUN, SAYING: "So far we've only heard that from South Korean and American officials.

So many observers will be very closely watching to see what Kim Jong Un says during his meeting with Trump." There's still no news on exactly when or where the Trump-Kim summit will be held Although the president told reports on Thursday (January 31) that he's getting ready to make the announcement early next week.

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