USS Ronald Reagan to dock at South Korea port

USS Ronald Reagan to dock at South Korea port

USS Ronald Reagan to dock at South Korea port

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearisation, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump's first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would "get it done together".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the two Koreas should further their efforts to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, as he met with South Korean special envoys on Wednesday, state media KCNA said on Thursday.

"North Korea has been preemptively carrying out measures needed for denuclearisation, and Kim said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith".

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.

"The South and the North will seek to make actual progress in the development of the South-North Korean relationship, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishment of peace by working ceaselessly with patience", he said.

The third inter-Korean summit will take place in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20, Seoul's National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong said Thursday.

Kim believes he's earned the trust of USA though and says that moves such as ending nuclear tests and destroying an underground test site should prove that he's serious about denuclearizing. Both Seoul and Pyongyang have declared they want to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War and sign a peace treaty.

Mr. Moon is seen as eager to keep the diplomacy alive in part so that he can advance his ambitious engagement plans with the North, which would need USA backing to succeed.

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Kim also said he remained unfailingly positive about Trump.

Chung Eui-yong will brief John Bolton on the outcome of yesterday's visit, and also deliver a message from Kim Jong-un to the U.S. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang in July, after which North Korea accused him of making "unilateral and gangster-like demands for denuclearization".

On the one-day trip, the five-member delegation, which also included National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, met with Kim and top North Korean officials including Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

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He says the Koreas will hold talks next week to prepare for the summit. But Mr. Moon faces tougher challenges heading into his third meeting with Mr. Kim, with the stalemate in nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington raising fundamental questions about Mr. Kim's supposed willingness to abandon his nuclear weapons.

Kim brushed off such worries on Wednesday, and said declaring an end of the Korean War has nothing to do with the U.S.

South Korea's liberal government is keen on keeping engagement with North Korea alive.

"Moon and Kim are pushing for a peace declaration to notionally end the civil war".

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