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Not all fun and games behind the smiles Kim Jong-un has shown a ruthless streak to tighten his grip on power

Not all fun and games behind the smiles Kim Jong-un has shown a ruthless streak to tighten his grip on power

Moon plans to meet with Trump later this month when he visits the U.S. to attend the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in NY, at which time they will discuss future strategy regarding issues on the Korean Peninsula, according to the statement.

Trump and Moon spoke by phone for a little under an hour on Tuesday, according to Moon's office.

While pushing ahead with summits and inter-Korean engagement, Seoul is trying to persuade Washington and Pyongyang to proceed with peace and denuclearisation processes at the same time so they can overcome a growing dispute over the sequencing of the diplomacy.

In this regard, much attention has also been paid on whether Kim will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoys scheduled to visit Pyongyang on Wednesday. Moon promised Trump on Tuesday "a readout of that meeting", Sanders said.

In it Moon and Trump agreed "to explore the idea of meeting in person at the UN General Assembly and having in-depth consultations on strategies and how to cooperate on the peninsula issues", Moon's office said in a statement.

The rapid rapprochement on the Korean peninsula led to the landmark meeting between Kim and Trump in June, which the USA leader touted as a historic breakthrough.

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North Korea is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding this weekend and there is speculation that Kim will appear to make a speech.

USA 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 nukes.

The United States and North Korea are at odds over whether denuclearization or a step towards the normalization of bilateral relations by declaring the end of the 1950-53 Korean War should come first. North Korea agreed to denuclearize following a June summit with Trump in Singapore, but progress has been slow to non-existent.

Ju Kyu Chang was sanctioned by the United States for his role in developing North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

Moon on Sunday appointed his top security adviser Chung Eui-yong to lead a five-member delegation to visit North Korea.

Considering the hard circumstances, it's unclear whether Moon's envoys will be able to get anything other than a fixed date for his new summit with Kim.

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