North Korea removes key condition under denuclearization plan

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has dropped his demand for the U.S. to withdraw troops from South Korea in exchange for giving up its nuclear weapons, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: The announcement, made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, is a major victory ahead of the long-anticipated meeting between the U.S. and North Korea. As the Times notes, Kim Jong-un has been continually demanding the removal of 28,500 American troops in South Korea. The move hasn't been officially confirmed by the North.