South Korea: Kim Jong-Un Wants to Denuclearize During Trump’s First Term

The celebrations began with a concert at Pyongyang Indoor StadiumMore

U.S. officials have insisted that a peace declaration, which many see as a precursor to the North eventually calling for the removal of all United States troops from the Korean Peninsula, can not come before North Korea takes more concrete action toward abandoning its nuclear weapons.

Chung Eui-yong, Moon's national security adviser and the head of the South Korean delegation to Pyongyang, said Kim told him that he still had faith in Trump despite diplomatic setbacks.

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. leader. (And Kim clearly understands how to butter up Trump, too.) That alone won't get us to an agreement and an end to the nuclear threat, but it's at least a step in the right direction.

Kim and Trump held an unprecedented summit in Singapore in June, in which the North Korean leader made a broad, vague commitment to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. New Zealand would be wise to steer clear of an American-run "coalition of the willing" using military force to implement its version of sanctions against North Korea.

Trump began this morning's twitter activity complimenting Kim Jong Un, who had tossed POTUS a lifeline by proclaiming his "unwavering faith in President Trump".

Things have taken a turn for the better this year after Mr Kim's visits to Beijing.

Some analysts believe Kim Jong Un is likely to follow in President Xi's footsteps and try not to step on any toes with provocative actions.

Thursday, Chung told reporters about his talks with Kim.

Rather than just supporting more military pressure on North Korea, New Zealand should be pushing the Trump administration to concede more - like a permanent end to war games with South Korea, security guarantees to North Korea, and sitting down with the leaders of both Koreas, plus China, to work out a Korean Peninsula Peace Treaty.

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

The officials arrived in Pyongyang at 9 a.m. and were driven to the Koryo Hotel, where they were greeted by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland. The meeting later this month, Chung said, will "discuss practical ways to establish lasting peace and ensure joint prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, especially denuclearize the Korean Peninsula", Yonhap News Agency reported.

Kim reportedly also did not have anything negative to say about Trump, and expressed that he wanted his relationship with the U.S.to continue to improve.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un vowed he wants to give up nuclear weapons by the end of Donald Trump's first term, offering a potential timeline for denuclearization, a top South Korean official said after visiting Pyongyang.

Earlier Matviyenko said that she would convey Russian President Vladimir Putin's letter to Kim Jong-un. The North Korean leader cited his dismantlement of a key nuclear test site and his suspension of missile tests.

Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

If Kim responded to the outreach, there is a possibility that the Unified Front Department, which is in charge of the country's negotiations with the United States, attempted to explore developments in Japan.

Workers with paint brushes and brooms put the final touches on Pyongyang's iconic Kim Il Sung Square as North Korea prepared for what promises to be its biggest celebration in years on Sunday - the 70th anniversary of the country's official birth as a nation.

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