Published: Thu, September 06, 2018

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 Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests, while also expressing faith in an increasingly embattled President Donald Trump's efforts to settle a nuclear impasse, South Korean officials and the North's official media said on Thursday.

But a disappointing revelation too - the South Korean envoy said it's unlikely that Kim Jong-un will make his global debut at the UN General Assembly in NY, . which would have opened the door to a a possible three-way summit with Presidents Moon and Trump.

That promise by the regime's leader comes as denuclearization talks with the USA stall.

"After reading the personal letter the Supreme Leader expressed his thanks to the President for sending the good personal letter which expressed a firm will to wisely overcome many challenges in the future, too, and open a bright future of our nation while appreciating the fresh advance in the relations between the North and the South", the KCNA said.

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.

And in the process of its denuclearization, .

On the one-day trip, the five-member delegation, which also included National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, met with Kim and top North Korean officials including Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party. The U.N. General Assembly in late September would be an ideal date for Seoul, but many analysts see that possibility as low, considering the complications of the process and how far apart the parties now are.


North Korea has long sought a formal end to the war but USA officials have said an end-of-war declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearisation, and raise questions about the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war. Seoul has indicated an interest in Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump meeting in NY, and Mr. Trump, who is facing growing domestic turmoil, has hinted that another summit could happen.

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

The South Korean envoy's visit to Pyongyang came amid a deadlock on the North's atomic weapons, with United States efforts to dismantle the arsenal stalled for weeks.

But no details were agreed at the Singapore summit and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.

The summit, from 18-20 September, will be the third inter-Korean summit this year. Mr. Moon has made an end-of-war declaration an important premise of his peace agenda with North Korea.

Peace talks between the United States and North Korea have been rocky in recent months as reports of North Korea still developing missiles appeared to have spoiled the rapport between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

"Moon and Kim are pushing for a peace declaration to notionally end the civil war".

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