Trump and North Korea talks: South Korean statement in full

media captionChung Eui-yong addresses news conference

South Korea has announced a major breakthrough in tensions on the Korean peninsula. Senior officials who recently met Kim Jong-un passed a message from him to US President Donald Trump, in which he asked for talks and committed to giving up North Korea's nuclear weapons.

Here is the statement in full, delivered by South Korea's national security chief Chung Eui-yong.

"Today I had the privilege of briefing President Trump on my recent visit to North Korea. I'd like to thank President Trump, the vice-president and his wonderful national security team including my close friend [US National Security Advisor] General McMaster.

"I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in's personal gratitude for President Trump's leadership.

"I told President Trump that in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests.

"He understands that the routine joint military exercise between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue and he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.

"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.

"The Republic of Korea, the United States and our many partners around the world remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"Along with President Trump we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution.

"The Republic of Korea, the United States, and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that the pressure will continue until North Korea matches his words with concrete actions. Thank you."

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