Koreas to hold summit from September 18 to 20

Koreas to hold summit from September 18 to 20

Koreas to hold summit from September 18 to 20

The leaders of the two Koreas will hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, Seoul said Thursday, as Kim Jong Un renewed his commitment to the denuclearisation of the flashpoint peninsula.

National security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who led the five-member delegation, told reporters here on Thursday morning that Kim "reaffirmed his willingness to keep his denuclearization pledge".

Frustrated with the lack of progress, Trump last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the U.S. leader. We will get it done together!' Trump writes on Twitter.

The President abruptly canceled a US-North Korean summit last month after he accused Kim's regime of stonewalling the negotiations; scrapping Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Hermit Kingdom. Kim Il Sung, then 35, delivered a speech and repeatedly cheered on his military and fellow dictator Joseph Stalin.

Kim also reaffirmed his nation's commitment to "actively engage in denuclearization if the countermeasures are taken simultaneously" and "expressed frustration that his goodwill is not being properly delivered to the global community".

But there was no indication that Kim had offered concrete steps toward giving up his nuclear arsenal, something some USA officials have said privately they doubt he is willing to do.

Thursday's statements by the two leaders appeared to paper over differences the two sides have over what the current talks should focus on.

"Chairman Kim Jong-un reiterated his firm commitment to the complete denuclearization of the peninsula, and expressed his intent to maintain close inter-Korean cooperation, and with the US", Chung said.

The phrase "complete denuclearization" - a term long preferred by North Korea - could be read to preclude nuclear-capable US bombers and submarines from operating near South Korea.

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The report said it was the leader's "will to completely remove the danger of armed conflict and horror of war from the Korean peninsula and turn it into the cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threat".

While pushing ahead with summits and inter-Korean engagement, Seoul is trying to persuade Washington and Pyongyang to proceed with peace and denuclearization processes at the same time so they can overcome a growing dispute over the sequencing of the diplomacy. "He probably saw that there was nothing good in provoking Trump", Lee Byong-chul, of Seoul's Institute for Peace and Cooperation, said.

Kim will not be able to attend a forum in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok next week but will send a delegation of North Korean officials, Matvienko said.

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the letter had been received and was being processed.

"He particularly emphasized that he has never said anything negative about President Trump", Chung said.

The two Koreas have set a date for a new summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, even as US diplomacy with North Korea has stalled.

A State Department official is confirming that Pompeo has the letter.

Critics of the most recent negotiation efforts say North Korea has, in the past, said it would end its nuclear program.

Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

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