President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, has stated that its northern neighbour has given signals of its desire for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula without any pre-condition of withdrawal of US troops from the South. Moon has raised optimism by his comments as he has expressed great hope that big and conclusive agreements with North can be attained in the upcoming major Summits between North and South Korea in addition to the one between the US and North Korea.
Moon has categorically told the media that North Korea is willing to pursue denuclearization without any binding condition on the US of withdrawal of its troops from South. North is just looking at a complete end to hostile practices directed against it and an assurance for security.
North Korea has pursued an aggressive weapons programme in complete disregard of UNSC regulations which is a vital deterrent against US hostile military presence in the region. There are about 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea in addition to its well known nuclear umbrella in the region.
North and South Korea are still technically at war as the 1950-53 conflict ended in the truce and not in a peace treaty. Moon is also hopeful about the latter and also a possibility of international aid if North Korea denuclearises.
The upcoming Summit between the two Koreas faces many restrictions as South Korea cannot make any concessions which violated the international sanctions and are divorced from the North Korean-US Summit.