Kim says committed to denuclearisation of Korean peninsula

Minnie Murray
June 3, 2018

The meetings are working toward a planned denuclearisation summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim - an event hailed as a pivotal shift in tensions following North Korean nuclear tests a year ago.

Trump's announcement comes after he met in the Oval Office with Kim Yong Chol, a high-ranking North Korean official who is close with the country's leader.

The key task ahead of the June 12 summit is to settle the agenda.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters prior to departing Washington en route Houston, Texas from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., May 31, 2018.

But a day after "Max Thunder" ended May 25, the North's leader had a surprise summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border truce village of Panmunjom - their second, following a historic first meeting in April.

"That letter was a very nice letter", Trump said to reporters.

During a recent press briefing, POTUS was telling the media about an interesting letter that was sent to him by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed the effort would ultimately be "successful". You see the relationship. How much? How much?

"South Koreans may be eating well and have more material things, but that is only because they are depending on the American imperialists, currying favor with them and getting their leftovers", Ms. Kim said, describing a typical North Korean line.

He said Moscow hoped all sides would take a measured approach to possible forthcoming talks on a nuclear settlement.

In particular, he wants a formal end to the Korean conflict and is likely to seek worldwide recognition and guarantees against any strike by the U.S. forces stationed across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea. "I said, 'Would I do that when we're talking so nicely?'" Trump wants to use the meeting to pressure Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons.

The United States is seeking a commitment to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

And he acknowledges that if diplomacy with North Korea works, then troop levels and similar issues can come up, but only in discussions between the USA and South Korea.

The summit, planned since April, was called off just a week ago by Trump amid a renewed round of heated rhetoric from Pyongyang and concerns over whether North Korea was honest about "denuclearization".

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