US demanded N. Korea ship some nuclear warheads, ICBM abroad within six months, reports media

Missiles driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other high ranking officials during a military parade in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. — Reuters pic
Missiles driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other high ranking officials during a military parade in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. — Reuters pic

TOKYO, May 17 — The United Stated has demanded North Korea ship some nuclear warheads, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and other nuclear material overseas within six months, the Asahi newspaper said today, citing several sources familiar with North Korean issues.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also appeared to have told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, when they met earlier this month, that Washington might remove Pyongyang from a list of state sponsors of terrorism if the North ships out those nuclear items, the Asahi said.

If Pyongyang agrees to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation at a planned summit with the United States on June 12, Washington is considering giving guarantees for Kim's regime and including that stance in a joint statement by the two leaders, the newspaper report said.

North Korea has thrown into question next month's unprecedented summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, denouncing yesterday US-South Korean military exercises as a provocation and calling off high-level talks with Seoul. — Reuters

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