Donald Trump sees 'tremendous progress' in North Korea

"We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat", Kim said as he stood by Moon's side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying.

It is an important caveat, but the declaration appeared to break the logjam in nuclear discussions with Washington.

In addition, he invited North Korean representatives to meet with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Vienna, Austria, "at the earliest opportunity".

Experts were sceptical but the Trump administration immediately welcomed the move, with Pompeo inviting his North Korean counterpart to meet next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Moon plans to return to South Korea on Thursday, or September 20.

"Kim Jong-un expressed his wish that he wanted to complete denuclearisation quickly and focus on economic development", Moon said.

Agreeing to a declaration on ending the Korean War before North Korea has reduced its offensive threat - including the thousands of artillery guns it has trained on US ally South Korea - is opposed by many who fear that the North is maneuvering to win a withdrawal of the almost 30,000 USA forces in the South.

Mr Kim this week, however, agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites, at Tongchang-ri.

Many also believe that apart from Yongbyon, the North also has covert nuclear facilities.

"Everything that's out there now is conditional on U.S. actions that would reduce the pressure on the North to cooperate or (is) filled with loopholes and exit ramps", added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They are going to expect at every level some concessions from the United States", he said.

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Their main objective, he added, was "to appease Trump, so that Moon and Kim can keep their engagement alive".

But there have been concerns in South Korea and the United States that ending the war would ultimately prompt China and Russian Federation, if not North Korea, to demand that the United Nations Command (UNC), which overlaps with USA forces in South Korea, be disbanded and leave.

Moon said he will carry a private message from Kim for Trump when he meets the USA president in NY next week at a United Nations meeting.

That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.

Moon was given a standing ovation by tens of thousands of North Koreans at the stadium, which holds 150,000 people.

"The Chinese envy us because they can't go down to the lake from their side but we can", Kim said.

They agreed that Kim would visit the South in the near future.

The 2 744m peak is considered sacred to all Koreans as the birthplace of Dangun, the legendary founder of the first Korean kingdom.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho for talks in NY next week, during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

But overseas historians say Kim Jong Il was born in the Soviet Union, where his father was in exile.

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