Kim-Moon's 3rd summit from September 18 in North Korea's Pyongyang

Minnie Murray
September 9, 2018

Kim wants to sign a treaty first, but American officials fear that he's after a propaganda win and will use the peace treaty to press for the removal of almost 30,000 USA troops in South Korea.

Last month, Trump cancelled a planned trip by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang. We will get it done together!,' Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

At the conclusion of their June 12 summit, Trump and Kim signed a joint declaration that stated: "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Chung made the announcement Thursday in Seoul. Moon's popularity at home has fallen since his earlier meetings with Kim and the Trump-Kim summit.

All eyes are on whether Kim will make a public speech, and if so, what kind of message he will send as denuclearisation talks have reached an impasse since Singapore.

China was irritated by Mr Kim's intensifying of his country's nuclear and missile development programmes that led to tensions in North-east Asia and with the US.

Thursday, Chung told reporters about his talks with Kim.

During the meeting, the North Korean leader "expressed a firm determination toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula as well as an intention to work closely with the achieve the goal", Chung said.

He said the talks will speed up negotiations between the US and North Korea on the issue of denuclearization.

After three intercontinental ballistic missile launches and a powerful nuclear test a year ago, Kim said his country had finally gained the ability to attack the entire US mainland with nuclear missiles.

Now, the South Korean envoy has a message for Trump from Kim, who apparently described the steps his country has made toward denuclearization as "very significant and meaningful", Yonhap reported. "He probably saw that there was nothing good in provoking Trump", Lee Byong-chul, of Seoul's Institute for Peace and Cooperation, said. Signing a peace treaty without a disarmament deal also carries risks for the US, because it could legitimize Kim's control over half of the peninsula and undermine the rationale for stationing 28,000 or so American troops on the peninsula.

Chung, whose official title is presidential national security director, spoke with his USA counterpart, John Bolton, on the phone on Thursday about his trip to North Korea.

Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko is holding a meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, Chairman of the Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Saturday.

The agreement, they say, was effectively voided by the Japanese side as a result of its subsequent actions such as restarting sanctions in response to North Korea's continued nuclear and missile tests.

In a move that will irk North Korea, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against North Korean computer programmer Park Jin Hyok in connection with several major cyberattacks, including the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, a February 2016 cyber-enabled fraudulent transfer of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank and the WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017.

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