North Korea's Kim wants another Trump summit to speed denuclearisation

North Korea's Kim wants another Trump summit to speed denuclearisation

SEOUL-The leaders of North and South Korea stood atop a volcano, smiling and joining hands, ending a three-day summit heavy on symbolism with a pilgrimage to the 9,000-foot peak where the first Korean kingdom is reputed to have been founded.

"There are things that the United States wants us to convey to North Korea, and on the other side there are also things that North Korea wants us to convey to the United States, " Mr Moon said at a press center in Seoul where reporters watched parts of his summit with Kim on video huge screens that occasionally showed live streams from Pyongyang.

"On the basis of these important commitments, the United States is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations to transform U.S. -DPRK relations", Pompeo said in a statement.

Moon's spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, announced later in the day that the South Korean President would travel to the USA to meet with Trump on September 24.

This was well received by President Trump, but it is a small step towards the goal of denuclearisation.

Kim's has previously visited the mountain around major developments in North Korea, such as visiting in late 2013 before he executed top officials including his uncle Jang Song Thaek, and after North Korea's fifth nuclear test in 2016, North Korea watchers say.

The North Koreans said they want both sides to take a series of simultaneous steps as a "shortcut" to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

It features prominently in the North's propaganda, which extols the mountain as the birthplace of Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim.

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Further, Kim said that the full extent of North Korean denuclearization is still dependent on American cooperation in the peace process, with policy experts wary that all of Kim's demands will be met by the powers that be in D.C.

"Perhaps trilateral talks - including the two Koreas and the US - are needed to discuss the normalisation of US-North Korea relations, so the South may mediate", Jeong said. There will also be resistance to rolling back sanctions adopted by the US unilaterally and through the United Nations without significant progress toward denuclearization and a clearer idea of exactly what North Korea has in its nuclear arsenal and where all its facilities are located.

While Kim didn't commit Wednesday to giving up his arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that pose a threat to the USA mainland, he did promise to dismantle North Korea's main rocket launch site in the presence of global experts, and offered to shutter its Nyongbyon nuclear site. Speaking before Pompeo's announcement, two senior US officials involved in US-North Korea policy voiced fears Kim was trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he had invited North Korea's foreign minister to meet in NY next week and other Pyongyang officials to Vienna for talks with nuclear envoy Stephen Biegun.

Kim and Moon earlier smiled and chatted as they walked down a hallway and into a meeting room to finalize the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to "eliminate all the danger of war".

Trump says that he and Kim have a solid relationship, and both leaders have expressed interest in a follow-up summit to their meeting in June in Singapore. Moon, who was the handmaiden of the Kim-Trump dialogue back in the spring, was under considerable pressure this week to extract concessions from Kim that could sustain the rapprochement between Washington and Pyongyang.

The war ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, meaning US -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North.

"Chairman Kim reaffirmed his strong will for denuclearization again and again", Moon said.

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