Moon, Kim agree to third summit to discuss denuclearisation

Larry Hoffman
September 6, 2018

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will also meet in Pyongyang on September 18-20 for a third summit and discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation, Moon's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said a day after meeting Kim.

"North Korea has been preemptively carrying out measures needed for denuclearisation, and Kim said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith".

The decision marked a rare note of skepticism from Trump, who proclaimed after his meeting in Singapore with Kim in mid-June that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat".

"The South and the North will seek to make actual progress in the development of the South-North Korean relationship, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishment of peace by working ceaselessly with patience", he said. Trump tweeted after a meeting between Kim and South Korean leaders.

They also discussed the complex process of dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, Efe news reported.

The envoys delivered a message from Trump to Kim upon Trump's request to Moon during their phone call on Tuesday, according to Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korea's presidential spokesperson, who did not specify what exactly the message contained.

Still, the South Korean envoy quoted the North Korean leader as saying he hoped to completely denuclearize and end the hostile relationship between his country and the USA before Trump's first term ends in January 2021. They come amid a growing standoff with the United States on how to proceed with diplomacy meant to settle a nuclear dispute that had many fearing war past year.

The North Korean dictator wants to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula before Trump finishes his term, according to South Korean officials.

The BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul said it was hoped that President Moon Jae-in could act as an intermediary and rekindle the stalled talks between the United States and North Korea.

"Kim expressed his stance that a weakening of the United States-South Korea alliance or United States' troops withdrawal from Korea has nothing to do with the war-end declaration", Chung said.

USA officials have previously said they have already made concessions, such as halting joint military exercises with South Korea.

South Korean envoys meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea September 5, 2018.

Most observers warn the North has taken no meaningful steps to denuclearise.

South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, right, speaks during a news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Thursday.

Seoul and Pyongyang both want a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

Kim and Trump held a landmark summit in Singapore in June, in which they agreed to work toward complete denuclearization.

"Moon and Kim are pushing for a peace declaration to notionally end the civil war".

The trove of comments from Mr. Kim was filtered through his propaganda specialists in Pyongyang and the South Korean government, which is keen on keeping engagement alive.

The officials arrived in Pyongyang at 9 a.m. and were driven to the Koryo Hotel, where they were greeted by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

Since entering talks this year, North Korea has taken several steps such as dismantling parts of its main rocket launch site and closing its nuclear testing site.

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