Kim Jong-un: Summit with Trump 'Stabilized the Region'

Kim Jong-un: Summit with Trump 'Stabilized the Region'

Kim Jong-un: Summit with Trump 'Stabilized the Region'

The joint statement will provide clues to whether negotiations between North Korea and the United States over dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear programs could regain momentum, after Kim asked Trump for a second meeting.

The North Korean side was led by Kim Yong-nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

After a day of ceremonials and lunch, the two leaders held a two-hour summit meeting, with talks scheduled to continue tomorrow.

The Kim-Moon summit will be a litmus test for another meeting Kim has recently proposed to Trump, with the South Korean president seeking to engineer a proposal that combines a framework for the North's denuclearization and a joint declaration ending the 1950-53 Korean War.

Moon, himself the offspring of a family displaced by the war, has met Kim twice this year at the border village of Panmunjom.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a news briefing on Tuesday that Washington hoped the latest inter-Korean summit would bring about "meaningful, verifiable steps towards the denuclearization of North Korea" and called it a "historic opportunity" for Kim to follow through on commitments he made with Trump. "I've been waiting and waiting for today".

In Singapore, Kim declared his backing for the denuclearisation of the peninsula, but no details were agreed and Washington and Pyongyang have since sparred over what that means and how it will be achieved.

Kim greeted Moon upon landing in Pyongyang Tuesday morning with a large hug and throngs of thousands of North Koreans forced to cheer for the dictator and his guest.

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The conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving US -led United Nations forces including South Korea technically still at war with the North.

USA officials involved in the latest negotiations have said North Korea has refused to even start discussions about defining denuclearization.

"The complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of peace are key agenda items", Moon said, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

He was accompanied by representatives from politics, business and civic groups.

"It's hard to say an agreement has been reached, and we are expecting further dialogue", Moon's press secretary Yoon Young-chan told a news briefing on Wednesday.

The United States is pressing other countries to strictly observe U.N. sanctions aimed at choking off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

President Trump has mentioned the possibility of a second in-person meeting in the future to discuss an end to North Korea's illegal nuclear weapons program and the White House claimed that Kim sent a letter to Trump requesting such a meeting.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation on Monday of "cheating" on U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

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