The United States has asked North Korea to move all of its nuclear warheads out of the Korean Peninsula before the June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, officials say.
The matter has been discussed during the recent preparatory talks between the two sides, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported Sunday, citing unnamed US officials.
According to the officials, Pyongyang has been reluctant to ship out its estimated 20 warheads along with its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) out of the country.
Kyodo, however, wrote that Kim had offered to ship out some of the missiles that were capable of hitting the US mainland.
The officials said if the two sides fail to reach an agreement at this stage, the matter will be discussed and decided by the two leaders once they meet.
American officials have also discussed possible plans to scrap weapons-grade plutonium, highly enriched uranium and other…