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North Korea talks a step forward

A decade after walking out of denuclearisation talks, North Korea has expressed willingness to abandon its so-called "treasured nuclear sword" and resume dialogue with South Korea and its ally United States.

Two summits, one next month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In, then in May between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump, will be studied for signs of real change in Pyongyang's nuclear stance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2018, with the headline 'N. Korea talks a step forward'. Print Edition | Subscribe