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North Korea's Kim says wants to denuclearise in Trump's first term - Seoul

North Korea's Kim says wants to denuclearise in Trump's first term - Seoul North Korea's Kim says wants to denuclearise in Trump's first term - Seoul
Bennie Garza | 06 September, 2018, 12:37

Leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to meet on September 18 to discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula amid a growing standoff with the United States, his state-controlled media reported Thursday after a South Korean delegation met him to set up an inter-Korean summit.

But the North Korean leader also expressed a "sense of frustration" with the global community for not appreciating what he called Pyongyang's "very significant and meaningful" steps, Chung said.

Mr Chung also cited Mr Kim as saying that North Korea is unable to conduct any more nuclear tests, despite several reports that the regime is secretly continuing its nuclear programme.

Chief of the national security office at Seoul's presidential Blue House Chung Eui-yong shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea September 5, 2018.

Kim and Trump held a watershed summit in June in Singapore and pledged to work toward denuclearisation of the peninsula.

Frustrated with the lack of progress, Trump last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the U.S. president.

Mr. Kim told Mr. Chung he still had faith in Mr. Trump despite diplomatic setbacks, and emphasised that he has not once talked negatively about Mr. Trump to anyone, including his closest advisors.

"If reciprocation is shown for North Korea's preemptive measures that have already been completed, he strongly expressed his will that more active measures for North Korea's denuclearisation can be taken".

The content was not disclosed of either of the messages exchanged by South Korean officials who visited Pyongyang and met with Kim this week.

The high-level South Korean delegation left for North Korea to discuss arrangements for an inter-Korean summit there this month, as relations grow cooler between Washington and Pyongyang.

He says the Koreas will hold talks next week to prepare for the summit. Trump recently urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel his summit with the dictator.

In this year's talks, North Korea and the United States have been at odds over whether denuclearization or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

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

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

But American officials and conservatives in the South are concerned such a declaration would weaken the US-South Korea alliance and deprive the 28,000 US forces stationed on the peninsula of their deployment rationale.

The North Korean leader said he is willing to cooperate with both Seoul and Washington on denuclearisation, according to the envoy.

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.

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