North and South Korean leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

16 August, 2018, 12:21 | Author: Donnie King
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Kim has, in fact, said he was willing to end his country's nuclear arms program in return for the end of sanctions and guarantees of peace from the United States, South Korea and the worldwide community.

According to Fox News, both countries are set to hold high-level negotiations along the de-militarized zone between the warring nations; setting the stage for a possible peace deal between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Yet Washington is outwardly maintaining a firm line with Pyongyang.

In remarks before the talks got underway, Ri Son Gwon, the leader of the North Korean delegation and chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, said he hoped the planned summit would help give "concrete answers" to the problems people are facing.

The meeting in Pyonguyang comes as questions have been raised about North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's commitment to denuclearization following his summit in June with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMattis defends reversing his stance on Trump's "Space Force" Pelosi: Trump engages in racism "constantly" Tom Steyer: Pelosi is wrong about Trump impeachment push MORE.

Analysts say Moon could try to act as a mediator between the USA and North Korea, having salvaged the Singapore meeting when Trump abruptly cancelled it.

But Harry Harris, the USA ambassador to South Korea, said Monday it was "too early" for such a declaration, Yonhap reported.

But even as ties have improved, little progress has been made on the key issue of the North's denuclearisation. "But I do believe that this is worth the effort and the United States and our allies, especially us and the Republic of Korea, we have the same goal, that's the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "It is because of America's sanctions and the South's unfair participation in them".

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North, South Korea to hold summit in Pyongyang in September

The joint press release, adopted after the talks, said the two sides agreed to hold the inter-Korean summit meeting in Pyongyang within September, failing to agree on detailed schedule.

It's a hint. that in Monday's talks.

Today's meeting seems like a big step in the right direction, . but just a day before the talks, .

Despite the rapprochement, worldwide sanctions against the North for its nuclear and missile programmes have kept economic cooperation between the two Koreas from taking off, while little progress has been made on the key issue of Pyongyang's denuclearisation.

Last week, North Korea complained that some high-level US officials were "going against the intention of President Trump" by sticking to "old scenarios" and taking a hard line on maintaining sanctions on the country.

But while the declaration that followed Trump's meeting with Kim was widely criticized for being too vague, the Panmunjom Declaration reached between Moon and Kim was much more detailed, Delury said.

But the two sides appear to have hit an impasse.



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