Moon flies to Pyongyang for third inter-Korean summit

Denuclearisation

Denuclearisation

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will push for "irreversible, permanent peace", and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, during "heart-to-heart" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week.

Meanwhile, the United States and Russian Federation clashed Monday over enforcing U.N. sanctions against North Korea, with the USA ambassador accusing Moscow of "cheating" and Russia's envoy accusing Washington of "political ill-intent".

Seoul officials say Moon's primary focus of the summit is to improve and develop inter-Korean relations.

At the summit's conclusion, President Moon may also sign a "comprehensive military agreement".

On Wednesday, Moon and Kim are expected to unveil a joint statement, and a separate military pact created to defuse tensions and prevent armed clashes, Im said.

"Because this issue is not something we can address ourselves, I plan to hold candid talks with Chairman Kim Jong-un on where we can find an intersecting point between the United States' call for denuclearization steps and the North's demand for corresponding steps to guarantee its security and end the hostile relationship (between the USA and North Korea)", Moon said.

The summit, the third between the current leaders of the two Koreas, will be Moon's first visit to Pyongyang.

"There are many expectations for great progress on the issue at the summit, but (the possibility) is very limited", he said.

At UN, US accuses Russian Federation of 'cheating' on North Korea sanctions
And it said North Korea is violating sanctions by transferring coal at sea and flouting an arms embargo and financial sanctions. It said some products allegedly were off-loaded from Russian ships, which were identified in the report.

Moon is hoping to help jumpstart nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, by engineering a proposal that combines a concrete framework for the North's denuclearization and a joint declaration ending the 1950-53 Korean War, Seoul officials said.

Minjoo Party lawmaker Lee Hae-chan, Party for Democracy and Peace leader Chung Dong-young and Justice Party leader Lee Jeong-mi will also come, as will rapper Zico, singer Ailee and songwriter Kim Hyung-suk, possibly with a view to performing there.

The youngest member of the South Korean delegation is 15-year-old Kim Gyu-yeon.

Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook stepped out of the presidential plane at around 10:08 a.m., to be embraced by the smiling Kim. An official welcome ceremony is planned at the airport to commemorate their arrival.

Moon brought with him an entourage including the heads of some of South Korea's largest conglomerates, as well K-pop stars and even the South Korea's national soccer coach, there to make a seemingly unlikely proposal that the two nations jointly bid to hold the 2034 World Cup. Some will meet with the Standing Committee Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly, while business leaders will visit with the Cabinet Deputy Prime Minister.

Im said Moon and Kim will have at least two chances to discuss ways to "denuclearize the Korean Peninsula" during the South Korean president's three-day trip to Pyongyang, which begins Tuesday, but Moon said he will attempt to hold "as much discussion as possible" with Kim.

Following the first round of talks, a welcome art performance is planned to take place during the the afternoon, which will be followed by a welcome dinner.

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