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Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

"Second, Chairman Kim Jong Un reconfirmed his determination to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and expressed his willingness for close cooperation not only with the South but also with the United States in that regard", Chung said.

Chung, who returned from Pyongyang late Wednesday as President Moon Jae-in's chief special envoy, said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had reiterated his commitment to denuclearization.

The United States, however, has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism if North Korea denuclearizes.

Mr. Kim said he'd take "more active" measures toward denuclearisation if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Mr. Chung said.

After Trump and Kim signed a joint declaration in Singapore in June to work towards the denuclearization, in exchange for Washington guaranteeing Pyongyang's security, the White House has grown impatient over the absence of concrete measures from the regime. His reported commitment to a nuclear-free Korea, for instance, wasn't new information Mr. Kim has repeatedly declared similar intentions before but it allows hopes to rise that negotiators can get back on track after the recriminations that followed Mr. Kim's meeting in June with Mr. Trump in Singapore.

Mr Chung is also expected to brief countries including the United States on the results of his visit to Pyongyang, and "closely work together with them". "There have been no nuclear tests or missile tests... but work on making the strategic shift continues", Pompeo said on a visit to New Delhi.

"It is the case that there is still an enormous amount of work to do", Pompeo told a news conference in New Delhi.

"Chairman Kim asked us to convey the message to the U.S. that the USA (should) help create situations where he would feel his decision to denuclearise was a right move", Chung said.

Talks between North and South Korea, however, have continued ever since the first Kim-Moon meeting in April. Picture taken September 5, 2018.

Park Hee-jun shares with us his remarks.

According to North Korean state media, Mr Kim vowed to "remove the danger of armed conflict and horror of war from the Korean peninsula and turn it into the cradle of peace".

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Kim, however, expressed to Chung that he was frustrated by skepticism in the global community over his commitment to denuclearisation.

"He said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith", Chung said.

News 1 reported Thursday the biggest USA warship based in Asia could arrive in South Korea for joint exercises.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with US President Donald Trump.

This would be the third meeting this year between the two leaders.

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Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

The Korean War ended with an armistice, leaving the peninsula technically still at war.

The newly appointed USA envoy for the North, Stephen Biegun, last month said Kim had promised "final, fully verified denuclearization" at the summit.

USA officials have said such a declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearisation, and create uncertainty about the goal of 28,500 us troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war.

"Looks like Kim is trying to wash away worries that talks could stall or fail, knowing well that Washington is losing patience", said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University in Seoul.

"A liason office between the North and South will also be established", he said.


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