South Korea's Moon: North Korea still committed to full denuclearization
- Author: Jon Douglas May 27, 2018,
May 27, 2018, 13:47
"We're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea", Mr Trump said at the White House. President Trump said on Friday that the summit might even be held on the originally scheduled date of June 12. "If we got that done and if we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, it would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for South Korea, be great for Japan and great for the world - great for the United States, great for China".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday.
The Kim-Moon meeting followed a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated June 12 meeting before saying it's potentially back on.
Moon's remarks at a televised news conference came nearly simultaneously as Trump said negotiations over the potential summit with Kim that he had canceled last week are "going along very well".
But North Korea's propaganda took a very aggressive line with the USA since Wednesday, threatening nuclear war and bashing Vice President Mike Pence.
"Chairman Kim requested a meeting without any formality two days ago and I gladly accepted it", Mr. Moon said, noting that the summit was in line with previous agreements for the two leaders to meet more often.
He praised Kim Jong-un for taking the initiative to talk, and, comparing the latest meeting to one between friends, he said that's how it should be.
Mr. Moon said while Mr. Kim is committed to denuclearisation, North Korea is not convinced it can trust security guarantees from the United States. It allowed Moon to push for a U.S.
Moon said military generals and Red Cross officials from the Koreas will also meet separately to discuss how to ease military tensions and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
The official says the North also reneged on a pledge to allow global inspectors to monitor the supposed demolition of its nuclear test site Thursday.
They agreed to have their top officials meet again June 1.
Trump's decision also came while U.S. and global journalists were in North Korea.
The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries.
Footage released by the Blue House on Twitter, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral score, showed Moon arriving in a convoy of cars and first shaking hands with Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, who has played a major public role in recent talks with the South.