Two Koreas to hold summit as Kim renews denuclearisation pledge

Two Koreas to hold summit as Kim renews denuclearisation pledge

The two past inter-Korean summits in April and May removed war fears and initiated a global diplomatic push that culminated with the meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump in June.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed Kim Jong Un's remarks saying his faith in Trump was unchanged as the North Korean leader and that Pyongyang aimed to achieve denuclearization within Trump's first term in office.

South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong delivered a letter Wednesday to Kim from South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

The Justice Department is planning to announce charges Thursday against North Korean nationals who US authorities have accused of being behind the massive hack of Sony in 2014 and the Wannacry ransomware attack lack year.

Leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to meet on September 18 to discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation.

According to the South Koreans, despite the hard negotiations Kim never spoke ill of President Trump and said he still wants to end his country's hostile relationship with the U.S.by the end of Mr. Trump's first term.

Mr Kim also asked the envoy to relay a message to the US, while voicing hopes to end their hostile ties before US President Donald Trump's term ends in January 2021.

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North Korea accused the USA of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands for denuclearization and hampering talks on the end-of-war declaration. North Korea has taken several steps such as dismantling its nuclear testing site this year, but the US wants it to take more serious disarmament measures.

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Kim Jong-un made it clear that Pyongyang is committed to getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

Kim also said he remained unfailingly positive about Trump.

"Kim said that he would like to build on this trust to end the 70 years of hostilities between the North and the USA within Trump's first term, improve relations and achieve denuclearization", Chung said.

The upcoming summit between Kim and Moon may help break the months-long deadlock after the Singapore summit, said Lim Eul-chul, professor at Kyungnam University's Graduate School of North Korean Studies. For his part, Trump had abruptly canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned visit to Pyongyang, citing a lack of progress in denuclearization talks.

"But the work of convincing Chairman Kim to make the strategic shift which we talked about, for a brighter future for the people of North Korea, continues", Pompeo added.

But American officials and conservatives in the South are concerned such a declaration would weaken the US-South Korea alliance and deprive the 28,000 US forces stationed on the peninsula of their deployment rationale.

But Pyongyang has slammed the Washington for its "gangster-like" demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.

In a move that will irk North Korea, the U.S. Justice Department in Washington was preparing Thursday to announce charges against a North Korean in connection with the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, according to a U.S. government official familiar the criminal case.

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