Trump thanks North Korea's Kim, says 'we will get it done together'

Koreas Set Next Kim-Moon Summit for Mid-September

Koreas Set Next Kim-Moon Summit for Mid-September

Chung, head of the presidential National Security Office, led a five-member delegation to Pyongyang that also included the director of the National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon.

In a briefing on Thursday (Sept 6) morning, South Korea's national security chief Chung Eui-yong, who headed a five-member delegation to the North on Wednesday, said the two leaders will examine the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration agreement they made when they first met in April, and how to push the pact forward.

It will be the third Moon-Kim summit.

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.

But American officials and conservatives in the South are concerned such a declaration would weaken the US-South Korea alliance and deprive the 28,000 US forces stationed on the peninsula of their deployment rationale.

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.

Reversing the defiant statements of his officials during that period, Kim said he was willing to accept "stronger measures" to dismantle his nuclear program and pressed for a formal conclusion to the Korean War in return, a peace treaty regarded by strategic analysts as a significant boon to North Korea at this point.

Kim emphasised that his "trust in Trump remains unchanged" despite the difficulties, Chung said, and expressed his intention to work closely with the U.S. to achieve denuclearisation "in the first official term of President Trump".

Kim also cited the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and Dongchang-ri missile launch facility as evidence of his commitment to end nuclear testing permanently, Chung said, The Washington Post reported.

But despite the difficulties, Kim's "trust in Trump remains unchanged", Chung said. "He made that clear", Chung said.

'Chairman Kim also emphasized he has never spoken ill of Trump to his aides or anyone really.

Earlier Thursday, North Korean media said that Kim Jong Un had called for further efforts to "realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" during meetings with the envoys.

The State Department announced Thursday that Biegun would travel to South Korea, China and Japan next week for talks on North Korea.

The two pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula at the Singapore meeting but no details were agreed, and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.

They presented South Korea's blueprint for economic cooperation, including reconnecting severed cross-border railways and roads, and urged Kim to take steps toward denuclearization.

However, US officials may put spanner in the works as they insisted that the peace accord can not be reached before North Korea provides all information on its nuclear program, allows worldwide inspections and gives up a certain number of its projectiles during the early stages of the talks.

Most observers warn the North has taken no meaningful steps to denuclearise.

He says the Koreas will hold talks next week to prepare for the summit.

"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.

Chung told reporters before his trip that a draft statement about the opening of an inter-Korean liaison office in the shuttered Kaesong Industrial Complex had already been agreed.

Chung said South Korea will thoroughly explain the outcome of his trip to the United States and other countries with an interest in the matter. "I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the president tweeted at the time.

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