Korean Leaders To Meet This Month About A 'Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula'

Korean Leaders To Meet This Month About A 'Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula'

Korean Leaders To Meet This Month About A 'Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula'

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".

Kim emphasised that his "trust in Trump remains unchanged" despite the difficulties, Chung said, and expressed his intention to work closely with the USA to achieve denuclearisation "in the first official term of President Trump". "We will get it done together!"

Despite the strains since the Trump-Kim summit, high-level talks and visits have continued and there have been some gestures from the North like sending back the remains of some of the USA troops killed during the Korean War in the 1950s.

The North Korean leader cited his dismantlement of a key nuclear test site and his suspension of missile tests.

They presented South Korea's blueprint for economic cooperation, including reconnecting severed cross-border railways and roads, and urged Kim to take steps toward denuclearization.

Kim emphasised that his "trust in Trump remains unchanged" despite the difficulties, Chung said, and expressed his intention to work closely with the United States to achieve denuclearisation "in the first official term of President Trump".

In addition to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the United States may send about three to four other warships, including destroyers and cruisers.

The phrase "complete denuclearization" - a term long preferred by North Korea - could be read to preclude nuclear-capable USA bombers and submarines from operating near South Korea.

However, in his meeting with Chung, Kim renewed his commitment to that goal, North Korean state media said Thursday.

The talks came ahead of a summit between the leaders of North and South Korea later this month in Pyongyang.

Yonhap's analysts saluted the South Korean government's role as a mediator in denuclearization talks and suggested North Korea might have pumped the breaks on Pompeo's trips to Pyongyang to give South Korean officials an opportunity to remain involved in negotiations.

Seoul also wants a trilateral summit among the countries, or a four-nation meeting that also includes Beijing, to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. He also announced North and South Korea will open a joint liaison office in North Korea's Gaeseong industrial complex.

"The discussions at the summit will also be centered around issues on the permanent settlement of peace and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula as well as, particularly, practical measures to realize denuclearization on the Peninsula", he said.

Not only that they manged to hear directly from the regime's leader, where Pyongyang stands on denuclearization and peace efforts.

Kim and Trump held a landmark summit in Singapore in June, in which they agreed to work towards complete denuclearisation. Post-summit nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang were rocky and quickly settled into a stalemate. Pompeo declined to talk about what he described as "ongoing negotiations" with the North Koreans. "We haven't had any nuclear tests, we haven't had any missile tests, which we consider a good thing". The milestone meeting resulted in an accord, sealed by Trump and Kim, in Singapore in June, but the talks between Pyongyang and Washington stalled as both sides disagreed on how to carry out the vaguely-worded agreement.

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