Trump signals nuclear talks with North Korea still alive

Trump signals nuclear talks with North Korea still alive

The summit, the third between the two leaders since April, and the first time a leader from the South has visited the North in more than a decade, comes despite a stalemate between Washington and Pyongyang over the progress of disarmament talks.

During a gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday, President Donald Trump said that he is expecting a new letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, to be delivered to him by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom says South Korea has Kim's message and will forward it to the United States.

Kim's remarks about Trump's term, if conveyed accurately, would represent his first commitment to something resembling a timetable for nuclear talks with the USA leader.

North Korea has dismantled its nuclear and rocket engine testing sites, but USA officials want more serious, concrete action taken before North Korea obtains outside concessions. They announced that Kim and Moon would hold their third summit on September 18-20 in Pyongyang, just before world leaders gather for their annual meeting at the U.N. General Assembly.

'Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim.

"This trust, despite some difficulties surfaced during the negotiation process between the USA and the North, will continue", he said. While the United States 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.

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Trump has welcomed Kim Jong-un's remarks saying his faith in the United States president remains unchanged. Moon has made an end-of-war declaration an important premise of his peace agenda with North Korea.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Rorry Daniels, an Asia security specialist, says "the fact that the Chinese are sending a high-level pretty powerful official says that China has received some kind of assurances that North Korea will not be debuting any new technology at this parade".

Yonhap's analysts saluted the South Korean government's role as a mediator in denuclearization talks and suggested North Korea might have pumped the breaks on Pompeo's trips to Pyongyang to give South Korean officials an opportunity to remain involved in negotiations.

Seoul's chief envoy to the North also said Kim had referred to the dismantling of the Dongchang-ri missile site as signifying his intentions to permanently stop long-range ballistic missile development. Negotiators seem deadlocked over whether North Korea truly intends to denuclearize as it has pledged numerous times in recent months. He said this position is risky for South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first. The cynical view of Kim's surprisingly upbeat comments to South Korean officials is that Kim is still making demands - he wants that Korean War peace treaty to boost his worldwide prestige and make it harder for the global community to maintain harsh sanctions against him-while offering little more than promises and flattery.

The upcoming summit between Kim and Moon may help break the months-long deadlock after the Singapore summit, said Lim Eul-chul, professor at Kyungnam University's Graduate School of North Korean Studies.

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