North Korea's Kim Jong-un says faith in Trump 'unchanged'

North Korea's Kim Jong-un says faith in Trump 'unchanged'

North Korea's Kim Jong-un says faith in Trump 'unchanged'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests, while also expressing faith in an increasingly embattled President Donald Trump's efforts to settle a nuclear impasse, South Korean officials and the North's official media said on Thursday.

After the meeting, South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said the North Korean leader had also expressed his willingness to cooperate closely with South Korea and the United States to achieve that goal.

"If needed, we should pull forward the negotiations for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with the development in relations between the South and North", Chung said.

The North Korean leader said it was his country's "fixed stand and his will to completely remove the danger of armed conflict and horror of war from the Korean peninsula and turn it into a cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threat", North's state news agency KCNA reported.

Kim added the two Koreas should keep advancing their joint ties that have neared a state of peace and reconciliation, and discussed with South Korean envoys the Pyongyang inter-Korean summit planned for September - coming to a satisfactory agreement, KCNA said without elaborating.

Kim and Trump held a landmark summit in Singapore in June, in which they agreed to work toward complete denuclearisation.

"The summit will deal with the execution and direction of the Panmunjom Declaration, and discuss ways to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, establishing permanent peace and shared prosperity (of the two Koreas)".

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While an end-of-war declaration wouldn't imply a legally binding peace treaty, experts say it could create political momentum that would make it easier for North Korea to steer the discussions toward a peace regime, diplomatic recognition, economic benefits and security concessions.

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

The South Korean envoy's visit to Pyongyang came amid a deadlock on the North's atomic weapons, with USA efforts to dismantle the arsenal stalled for weeks. They come amid a growing standoff with the United States on how to proceed with diplomacy meant to settle a nuclear dispute that had many fearing war previous year.

Saying that Kim had expressed his willingness to "take more proactive steps" if the U.S. takes measures corresponding to those Pyongyang has taken so far this year, Chung went on to say that the North appeared to be hoping for Seoul to play a bigger role in related matters.

Pyongyang has said the United States needs to reciprocate North Korea's goodwill gestures, which also include the return of US war remains, by stating an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War. -South Korean alliance or US troops in South Korea, Chung said.

US officials also say they have already made concessions, such as halting joint military exercises with South Korea.

Kim brushed off such worries on Wednesday, and said declaring an end of the Korean War has nothing to do with the U.S. The date of the talks, which will come on the eve of a gathering of world leaders at the U.N.at the end of September, was to be released later Thursday. "Kim is trying to prove his sincerity".

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