Two Koreas to hold summit as Kim renews denuclearisation pledge
- Author: Jon Douglas Sep 07, 2018,
Sep 07, 2018, 0:35
Chung Eui-yong (R), head of the presidential National Security Office, holds a press conference at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on September 6, 2018 on the outcome of his one-day trip to North Korea the previous day as a special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The statement Thursday from the Korean Central News Agency followed a high-level South Korean delegation's visit to Pyongyang to meet with Kim and to set up a summit later this month between him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
President Donald Trump is touting a show of faith from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the loyalty of his aides comes into question in the wake of an anonymous New York Times op-ed that undermines his presidency.
"Chairman Kim Jong Un has made it clear several times that he is firmly committed to denuclearization, and he expressed frustration over skepticism in the worldwide community over his commitment", Chung said.
Donald Trump on Thursday claimed he and Kim Jong-un would "get it done together" amid continued controversy over the US's stalled goal of North Korean denuclearisation.
Kim's remarks to South Korean officials mark the first time that the North Korean leader has offered a potential timeline for dismantling his country's nuclear weapons programme. Chung said there was no discussion with Kim about rescheduling that trip.
The two pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula at the Singapore meeting but no details were agreed, and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.
Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-keum said Trump had asked Moon during a phone conversation before the trip to serve as "chief negotiator" between the USA and North Korea.
The inter-Korean summit would come just before a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in NY at the end of September, but Seoul said Thursday that it was unlikely Kim would attend.
Kim and Moon have agreed to hold the new summit to continue strengthening ties and work on the denuclearization of the peninsula, as stipulated in their joint declaration signed in the first inter-Korean summit in April.
But U.S. officials said they have already made concessions, with the suspension of U.S.
Most observers warn the North has taken no meaningful steps to denuclearise. "The United States seems likely to move if North Korea gives something more concrete", he said.
North Korea accused the United States of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands for denuclearization and hampering talks on the end-of-war declaration.
Pompeo declined to comment Thursday on what the next steps are for US diplomacy with North Korea.
Mr Kim was also pleased to receive a personal letter from Mr Moon, delivered by Mr Chung, KCNA added.
The war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, meaning USA -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North. Negotiations since then have been rocky and settled into a stalemate.
USA officials involved in negotiations have said North Korea has refused to even start discussions about defining "denuclearization" or other key terms such as "verifiable" and "irreversible", and have insisted the United States must first agree to take simultaneous steps to reduce economic pressure.