US Is Ready To Negotiate With North Korea "Immediately": Mike Pompeo
US Is Ready To Negotiate With North Korea "Immediately": Mike Pompeo
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21 September, 2018, 04:22
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could give up his nuclear weapons "in the near future" and the ball is now in Washington's court, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said after returning on Thursday from his three-day trip across the border.
North Korea's pledge at a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang drew an enthusiastic response from Mr Trump, even though some USA officials and experts fear a ploy to weaken Washington's resolve and its alliance with Seoul.
Moon said that during his time with Kim, the North Korean leader discussed specific steps he was willing to take toward destroying his nuclear arsenal for the first time, and reiterated his commitment to denuclearization.
The declaration, published by South Korea's presidential office, states that Seoul and Pyongyang share the view that the Korean Peninsula "must be turned into a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threats, and that substantial progress toward this end must be made in a prompt manner".
Moon says he will carry a private message from Kim for Trump when he meets the US President in NY next week at a United Nations meeting.
Moon said Kim was also open to inspection of a nuclear test site in the northwest town of Punggye-ri, which he called the North's sole existing facility for underground detonations.
The Associated Press reported that Moon said he would convey Kim's desire to formally end the Korean War by the end of the year.
"While North Korea has stopped testing missiles and nuclear devices, they have NOT moved toward denuclearization", he tweeted.
"The peace treaty will be fulfilled as the final step of complete denuclearization". His parents had fled from the North during the war, sailing for three days on the deck of a US ship packed with refugees.
The question now is whether it will be enough for Trump to pick up where Moon has left off. Trump told reporters Wednesday that the outcome of the summit was "very good news" and that "we're making tremendous progress" with North Korea.
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In this image made from video by North Korea's KRT, July 28, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gestures at the site of a missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea.
The stone was unveiled during a tree-planting ceremony attended by Moon and senior North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae on Wednesday.
Only hours after standing with Kim on the peak of a volcano that's at the heart of Kim dynasty propaganda, Moon told reporters in Seoul that he will be carrying a private message from Kim to Trump about the nuclear standoff when he meets the USA president in NY next week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session.
Korea analysts say Kim will hold on to his "last card" - the nuclear programme - until he gets concrete concessions from the United States.
Mr. Trump said they would wait and see what North Korea does next.
The war ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, meaning USA -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North.
Kim is also eager to restart talks and hopes to have a second summit with Trump, President Moon said Thursday.
South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said the reciprocal United States steps could include an end-of-war declaration.
The day after the June 12 Trump-Kim summit, Pompeo said he hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea by the end of Trump's first term in January 2021.
"The relationship between Chairman Kim and President Trump is good", Pompeo said in an interview on Fox News that was transcribed by the State Department.
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