Trump, Moon to meet in Washington in April: Seoul

Minnie Murray
April 1, 2019

Kim Jong Un has not, however, "yet demonstrated that he is prepared to fulfill the commitment that he made" to denuclearize.

North Korea later threatened to quit the nuclear diplomacy, citing a lack of USA steps to match disarmament measures it took a year ago.

Moon and Trump will "discuss the latest developments regarding North Korea as well as bilateral matters", CNN quoted Sanders as saying on Thursday.

Trump abruptly ended his second summit with Kim after the president said the North Korean leader had asked for all USA sanctions to be lifted in exchange for the dismantling of the country's main nuclear facility. She said Kim would soon decide whether to continue the talks and his moratorium on nuclear and missile tests.

The Secretary of State on Wednesday also told a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that he has "not yet seen [Kim Jong Un] take the big step" the two sides discussed during their first meeting in Pyongyang in May past year.

But the North claimed it only demanded partial relief of sanctions linked to people's livelihoods and that the USA pressed the North to do more in addition to removing the Yongbyon facilities.

"North Korea appears to be keeping its uranium enrichment facility in its mainstay nuclear complex in Yongbyon, north of Pyongyang, in normal operation", NIS said.

Moon's push to expand ties with North Korea and resume dormant inter-Korean economic projects is in doubt as US officials maintain that sanctions on North Korea would stay in place unless the country takes significant denuclearization steps.

The summit comes amid concerns that Seoul's possible push for resumption of key inter-Korean projects may deepen a rift with Washington, which is maintaining its pressure campaign on North Korea until it gives up nuclear weapons.

Last week the North also pulled out of a liaison office with South Korea, only to reverse the move and send back some officials three days later. The F-35A jets that arrived at an airport in southern South Korea have become the country's first stealth fighter jets. Some experts say North Korea still hopes to keep diplomacy with the United States alive.

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