South Koreans Visiting Pyongyang For Summit Anniversary

US Secretary of State Pompeo to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un

In a joint statement with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at their Pyongyang summit last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed a willingness to "permanently dismantle" the Yongbyon nuclear complex if the U.S. takes corresponding action.

This will be Pompeo's fourth visit to North Korea since spring.

In a press briefing, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Pompeo will talk with DPRK's top leader, Kim Jong Un, on Sunday.

Pompeo and Kim will also likely discuss a second summit between Kim and President Trump, which the White House said was in the works earlier last month.

The U.S. and South Korea have expressed interest in a peace treaty to end the Korean War, which is technically on hold since the 1953 armistice, but there are concerns North Korea would use such a treaty to weaken global sanctions and push for the removal of American troops from the Korean peninsula.

It will be the fourth trip by Pompeo to the longtime U.S. pariah amid American hopes of reaching an agreement to end North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

A declaration to end the war should have come half a century ago, after the warring parties signed an armistice agreement, the Korean Central News Agency wrote in a commentary on Tuesday.

His ministry said Tuesday Cho's comments didn't mean that South Korea would accept North Korea as a nuclear state, suggesting Seoul's diplomatic efforts to rid the North of its nuclear program would continue.

A similarly combative message was delivered by North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.

"We will never beg the United States to lift sanctions", it said.

Kim and Trump met in Singapore in June, where they issued vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without saying when and how it would occur.

Trump, who has sounded optimistic about holding a second summit with Kim, has not ruled out declaring an end to the 1950-1953 war, which concluded only with an armistice.

Ri's invitation marked an improvement in U.S.

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers' Party of Korea, underlined the point in an editorial Sunday. North Korea said it would allow outside experts to observe the dismantling of a missile engine test site and a rocket launch pad, and might dismantle its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

However, three senior U.S. officials involved in North Korea policy previously told Reuters that no progress has been made in moving towards serious negotiations on eliminating or even halting Mr Kim's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

"We are not easing the pressure in that regard at all", she said, while responding when asked if Washington was considering any kind of peace declaration: "We are not".

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