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North Korea's Kim Jong-un says faith in Trump 'unchanged'

North Korea's Kim Jong-un says faith in Trump 'unchanged'

Kim said such a declaration would not imply a withdrawal of American forces or a weakening of the US-South Korean military alliance, Chung said.

Negotiations with North Korea to get the isolated regime to give up its nuclear weapons have not been going well, but North Korean state media said Thursday that Kim remains committed to denuclearization. Kim revealed that he plans to achieve this within U.S. President Donald Trump's first term, which ends in January 2021.

The two leaders will meet in the North Korean capital to discuss "practical measures to denuclearise" the peninsula, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong told reporters.

The summit, from 18-20 September, will be the third inter-Korean summit this year.

While pushing ahead with summits and inter-Korean engagement, Seoul is trying to persuade Washington and Pyongyang to proceed with peace and denuclearization processes at the same time so they can overcome a growing dispute over the sequencing of the diplomacy.

Chung said Kim had stressed the need for the United States to reciprocate North Korea's initial moves, which have included dismantling a nuclear test site and a missile engine facility.

Chung said Kim showed "frustration over the doubt raised by some parts of the worldwide community about his willingness to denuclearise, and asked us to convey his message to the United States".

"There is a still big gap between what the North considers sufficient goodwill gestures, like destroying its missile test stand or a nuclear test site, and what the U.S. wants, including on-site verification by experts", he said.

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The office will be established in the city of Kaesong in North Korea with resident representatives from both sides, "to facilitate close consultation between the authorities as well as smooth exchanges and cooperation between the people", according to the declaration issued at the end of that April summit.

Washington wants Kim to disclose his nuclear and missiles programmes and assets, and cancelled a planned trip to Pyongyang by Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, late last month.

Kim's show of faith came during a meeting with South Korean envoys in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

North Korea has accused the United States of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands for denuclearization and holding back on the end-of-war declaration. But during his meeting with the South Korean delegation, .

A June summit in Singapore saw the the two leaders sign a vague agreement about denuclearization with no details on how it would happen and by what deadline.

However, US officials may put spanner in the works as they insisted that the peace accord can not be reached before North Korea provides all information on its nuclear program, allows worldwide inspections and gives up a certain number of its projectiles during the early stages of the talks. But we have to pay close attention to what kind of agreement the USA and North Korea are going to make to achieve denuclearization.

North Korea has long sought a formal end to the war but US officials have said an end-of-war declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearization, and raise questions about the 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war.


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