The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un is inclined to sign a peace treaty with the U.S, Dong-A Ilb, South Korea's leading daily reported Monday.
The South Korean newspaper cited an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office. The news comes on the heels of the U.S. president, Donald Trump's recent decision to meet the North Korean leader.
On Friday, one day after Trump announced the Trump-Kim summit, White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said any meeting with Pyongyang would be conditional with "zero concessions."
"Let’s be very clear," she said in a statement. "The United States has made zero concessions but North Korea has made some promises. This meeting won’t take place without concrete actions that match the promises that have been made by North Korea."
After the White House press statement, Trump tweeted, "the deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the world. Time and place to be determined."
On Sunday, Trump tweeted again, saying, "North Korea has not conducted a Missile Test since November 28, 2017, and has promised not to do so through our meetings. I believe they will honor that commitment!"
One of the conditions imposed by the Trump administration is that Pyongyang will halt any nuclear or missile testing until the talks occur and will not interfere with the joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States.
The CIA Director, Mike Pompeo said Sunday, "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation" is also a possibility. "President Trump isn't doing this for theatre. He's going to solve a problem," Pompeo said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Academic Koh Yu-hwan, who teaches North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, said the north has wanted a peace treaty to end the more than 60-year-old ceasefire between the Asian country and the United States.
for the over 60-year-old ceasefire between the two sides.
"There were agreements between the US and North Korea to open up discussion on a peace treaty, but they never materialized," Koh said, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
"The US wants a peace treaty at the end of the denuclearization process, while for the North, it's the precondition for its denuclearization."