Korea marks late founder's birthday, no provocation against U.S.

Korea marks late founder's birthday, no provocation against U.S.

Moon, who brokered the talks between Washington and Pyongyang, welcomed Kim's "firm commitment for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" and expected a fourth inter-Korea summit would find ways to advance the DPRK-U.S. summits.

Special to The Yomiuri ShimbunIn the wake of the failed Hanoi summit meeting in February, the USA -led global coalition is strengthening the economic sanctions program directed at North Korea.

But there are fears in Seoul that the hopeful developments of 2018 could be undone because of the mismatched demands between Washington and Pyongyang over sanctions relief and disarmament, which have derailed a high-stakes Trump-Kim meeting and prolonged a stalemate in negotiations.

"I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World", Trump added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time next week, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports. During that speech, he said that North Korea needed to increase its self-reliance and "deal a telling blow to hostile forces" seeking to apply sanctions pressure.

President Moon Jae-in, center, moves into a reception room in the Blue House along with military leaders who attended a ceremony where they were promoted to higher ranks on Monday.

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Trump, however, said after the Hanoi summit that while North Korea committed to "totally" dismantling its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, the lifting of the sanctions would require Pyongyang to scrap other nuclear facilities and programs, including undeclared ones.

A summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim in Hanoi ended early without significant progress.

While North Korea and the United States have been discussing the North's denuclearization, US ally South Korea has been taking steps to improve its ties with its old rival. During his speech to the SPA, Kim did not once mention the word "denuclearization".

Kim said South Korea should not "pose as a meddlesome "mediator" and "facilitator" between the North and the United States.

President Moon Jae-in may disclose details of the possibility of sending a special envoy to Pyongyang.

Moon is scheduled to visit three Central Asian countries from today through April 23, and Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office, will not accompany him. At the time, National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon also visited the North.

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