Peace process rekindled: Second summit planned for Trump, Kim

08 October, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Kim Reid
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"He [Pompeo] agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible", South Korea's presidential office said in a statement, according to AFP.

"North Korea summit, which I hope will be happening soon, will make an irreversible, decisive progress in terms of the denuclearization as well as the peace process", Moon said, urging Pompeo to talk about his meeting with Kim without disclosing sensitive information.

'Then we are also going to set up the next summit, ' said Pompeo.

Mr Moon, who has met Mr Kim twice, asked Mr Pompeo to make public as much information as he could about the trip.

After Mr Pompeo left North Korea in July, hailing progress, Kim Jong Un's government denounced him for making "gangster-like demands".

"It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries", Kim told Pompeo through an interpreter as they sat down for the meal.

Still, given the president's newfound expression for Kim - claiming during the U.N. General Assembly that they "fell in love" with the exchange of letters since Singapore - it seems nothing will get in the way of Trump and Kim's desire to meet again.

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A photograph released by the U.S. Department of State showed Pompeo and Kim trailed by various officials from their countries. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

With talks largely deadlocked, at the heart of this round of negotiations is a debate over what the US should demand from North Korea and what it is willing to give in exchange.

While in Japan, Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono before he heads to North Korea for just hours on Sunday.

The announcement Sunday came shortly after Pompeo arrived in Seoul, following his fourth visit to North Korea, where he met with Kim.

Mr Pompeo has angered North Korea by insisting that worldwide sanctions against it must continue until it renounces its nuclear weapons. "Its thought to try to continue North Korea's lobbying effort for a lifting of sanctions".

We 'had a good, productive conversation, ' Pompeo said of his time in Pyongyang. Instead, they want both sides to take a "phased" approach, where Pyongyang is rewarded as it takes gradual steps to roll back its nuclear program.

Pompeo said in Tokyo that it was important to hear from the Japanese leader "so we have a fully coordinated and unified view".

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Neither the US nor the North Korean side released an immediate detailed readout on the content of Pompeo's talks with Kim.

The North has committed to taking additional denuclearization steps, such as shutting down its long-range missile engine test site and launching pad in Dongchang-ri on the west coast in the presence of global inspectors and closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex should the USA take "corresponding measures".

He then held a working dinner meeting with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

North Korea has been asking for the United States to formally declare that the 1950-1953 Korean War is formally over, as a way to bring an end to hostile relations between the two countries.

The U.S. President Donald Trump also tweeted about Pompeo's visit to Koreas.

In contrast with South Korea, where President Moon Jae-in has been at the forefront of encouraging Trump's rapprochement with the North, Japan has been decidedly cautious, insisting its interests and concerns be addressed. "Maybe we will get further than that", said the top USA diplomat.

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