North Korea ready to talk DIRECTLY to US: Kim Jong-un 'wants security guarantees'

North Korea ready to talk DIRECTLY to US: Kim Jong-un 'wants security guarantees'

17:33 - NORTH Korea is ready for direct talks with the United States, Russia’s Foreign Minister has claimed.

Sergey Lavrov, 67, told his United States counterpart Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, during talks today that the reclusive communist regime wanted talks with the US on “security guarantees”.

The Russian news agency RIA claimed that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wanted direct talks with the US to seek guarantees on their security from Washington.

Mr Lavrov and Mr Tillerson met today in Vienna for wide-ranging talks that not only covered North Korea but also Syria and the Ukraine.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Vienna.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement: "The sides discussed further steps to put an end to the civil conflict in Syria via establishing a sustainable negotiating process involving all Syrian political forces, including within the Geneva process and in the format of the forthcoming National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, with concurrent completion of the defeat of international terrorist groups.

"The Russian and US top diplomats also expressed common opinion that North Korea must strictly abide by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

"Touching on issues of the bilateral agenda, Lavrov pointed to the inadmissibility of pressure on Russian media and diplomats in the United States, including the US special services’ recruitment attempts."

Meanwhile the US and South Korea continued to carry out large-scale combat drills today which involved two American B-1B heavy bombers amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and Us threats have made the outbreak of war "an established fact."

The annual US-South Korean "Vigilant Ace" exercises feature 230 aircraft, including some of the most advanced US stealth warplanes. They come a week after North Korea tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date, which it says can reach all of the United States.

North Korea's foreign ministry blamed the drills and "confrontational warmongering" by US officials for making war inevitable.

"The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?" it said in a statement carried by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it."

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