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Kim Jong Un is willing to begin talks with the U.S. and says his regime is open to discussions about denuclearization. (Original images by Reuters and Getty Images)
North Korea Crisis

Three reasons behind Kim Jong Un's about-face

Kim's sudden move to play nice keeps the world guessing

KIM JAEWON, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- The leaders of North and South Korea are set to meet in a summit in the demilitarized zone in late April, in a sign of fast-warming ties. This comes after months of the North threatening nuclear war on the South, Japan and the U.S. North Korea conducted its last missile test as recently as November.

In a meeting with South Korean envoys earlier this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that he would halt the testing of nuclear weapons and discuss relinquishing them if the country could begin direct negotiations with the U.S.

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