Two Koreas ask United Nations to circulate 'Panmunjom Declaration'

Two Koreas ask United Nations to circulate 'Panmunjom Declaration'

Two Koreas ask United Nations to circulate 'Panmunjom Declaration'

"Kim said that he would like to build on this trust to end the 70 years of hostilities between the North and the U.S. within Trump's first term, improve relations and achieve denuclearization", Chung said.

South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, right, speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. We will get it done together!' Trump writes on Twitter.

The first letter, which Trump evaluated as "very nice",. salvaged the nearly canceled North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore in mid-June. Chung said there was no discussion with Kim about rescheduling that trip.

It's Kim's fourth personal letter to President Trump, . since the first letter was sent in June.

Chung also revealed that Kim had expressed exasperation at the worldwide community's doubt over his intentions and its assessment of the steps North Korea had taken.

But Moon faces tougher challenges heading into his third meeting with Kim with the stalemate in nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington raising fundamental questions about Kim's supposed willingness to abandon his nuclear weapons.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he believes will be positive, is on its way to him, a day after expressing fresh optimism about a denuclearization deal.

"Let's start with the latest diplomacy between North Korea and the U.S".

Some analysts suggested Kim was flattering Trump in hopes of dividing the president from advisers who have advocated a tougher USA stand. While the U.S. wants to see more done at a faster pace by North Korea with regard to denuclearisation, Pyongyang wants reciprocal and incremental action on both sides.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea and Trump has said in the past it should consider reducing the number unless Seoul shoulders more of the cost. The North Korean leader also said he would take "more active" measures toward denuclearization if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Chung said.

They presented South Korea's blueprint for economic cooperation, including reconnecting severed cross-border railways and roads, and urged Kim to take steps toward denuclearization.

"He particularly emphasized that he has never said anything negative about President Trump", Chung said.

Prof Shi noted that China needs to strengthen its relations with North Korea which are fragile although they are improving after reaching a low point previous year.

Chung said South Korea will thoroughly explain the outcome of his trip to the United States and other countries with an interest in the matter.

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.

Asked about US intelligence that North Korea was still advancing its weapons programmes, Pompeo noted Pyongyang had ceased its nuclear tests and test-firing missiles, which he said was a "good thing".

"What matters is implementing with sincerity the agreements among the leaders, and our objective is producing irrevocable progress by the end of this year", Moon said, referring to denuclearization and a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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

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