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White House: Trump did not have call with N. Koreans

01:18 March 06, 2018

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has not had a phone call with the North Korean regime, a White House official said Monday, commenting on his remarks that suggested such a possibility.

Trump said Saturday while talking about North Korea that "they, by the way, called up a couple of days ago."

"'We would like to talk.' And I said, 'So would we, but you have to de-nuke, you have to de-nuke,'" the president said.

The official on the National Security Council told Yonhap Trump was referring to his March 1 phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. During the call, Moon briefed Trump on recent developments related to North Korea, and both leaders "noted their firm position that any dialogue with North Korea must be conducted with the explicit and unwavering goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization," he said.

"President Trump did not have a call with the North Koreans," he added.

Moon also told Trump in the phone call about his plan to send an envoy to Pyongyang.

His 10-member delegation arrived in Pyongyang Monday and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the first time the reclusive leader has met with South Korean officials since taking power in December 2011.

Seoul has said the delegation's visit is aimed at improving inter-Korean ties and brokering denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.



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