North Korea won’t surrender nuclear weapons under any circumstances: Ex-US diplomat

North Koreans will not surrender their nuclear weapons under any circumstances because they consider them essential to their survival, says a former US Senate policy adviser and diplomat.

James Jatras, who is also a specialist in international relations and legislative politics in Washington, DC, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on reports that the US is taking part in direct communications with North Korea.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the United States has opened channels of communication with North Korea and is investigating whether the government in Pyongyang is ready to enter negotiations on surrendering its nuclear weapons.

“We are probing, so stay tuned,” the top US diplomat told reporters after he held talks with Chinese officials in Beijing on Saturday. “We ask. We have lines of communication with Pyongyang. We’re not in a dark situation, a blackout, we have a couple, three…

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