North Korea's Kim sets denuclearisation time line, prompting thanks from Trump

Sep 09, 2018, 06:27
North Korea's Kim sets denuclearisation time line, prompting thanks from Trump

Washington wants Kim to commit to denuclearization first, but Pyongyang wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War.

Chung and Suh Hoon, the director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, traveled last week to Pyongyang to lay groundwork for the third meeting between Kim and South's President Moon Jae-in.

The pledge comes after Trump, frustrated with a lack of progress on disarmament, last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the USA leader. We will get it done together!,' Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

In a statement on August 24, Trump said he was scotching Pompeo's trip "because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Narrowing the gap and rebuilding trust between Kim and Trump is key in the dialogue - if any - ahead, he said. "He expressed his strong will to carry out more proactive measures toward denuclearization if action is taken in response to the North's preemptive steps".

But Moon faces tougher challenges heading into his third meeting with Kim with the stalemate in nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington raising fundamental questions about Kim's supposed willingness to abandon his nuclear weapons.

During the meeting, Kim "reaffirmed his firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and expressed his willingness to closely cooperate with not only South Korea but also the United States to that end", Chung said.

The official wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the sensitive diplomacy between the US and North Korea and spoke on condition of anonymity.

And it won't until Pyongyang gives up its nuclear weapons, the USA says. South Korean officials say the meeting will focus on how to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Moon, who discussed his plans with President Donald Trump by telephone on Tuesday, said his envoys had a crucial task that could determine the prospects for lasting peace.

"We have our hostages back, I say it a hundred times, no missiles, no rockets, no nuclear testing".

The war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, meaning US -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North.

At a press briefing to announce Mr. Xi's visit, Chinese officials would not comment on whether Mr. Xi planned to meet with other leaders during the summit.

"He particularly emphasised that he has never said anything negative about President Trump", Chung said.

North Korea is in talks with the United States about a step-by-step execution of commitments reached when Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump met at a summit in Singapore in June, another news agency, Interfax, reported, citing Matvienko.

From 1993 to 2011, North Korea held a dozen big military parades featuring goose-steppers, tanks, trucks loaded with rockets and missiles.

Pompeo, who is now visiting India, was a tad less enthusiastic.

A convoy of buses carrying participants of an inter-Korean family reunion makes its way past a South Korean guard post through the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) towards North Korea, in Goseong on August 20, 2018.

The United States, however, has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism if North Korea denuclearizes.

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