North Korean leader Kim Jong Un still has faith in US President Donald Trump's commitment to ending their nations' hostile relations, but he's frustrated by questions about his willingness to denuclearise and wants his "goodwill measures" to be met in kind, South Korean officials said Thursday.
North Korean media have released a declaration from leader Kim Jong Un that reaffirms his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula amid a growing standoff with the United States.
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. Trump tweeted after a meeting between Kim and South Korean leaders. And Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.
"Chairman Kim asked us to convey the message to the USA that the United States [should] help create situations where he would feel his decision to denuclearise was a right move", the South Korean official added.
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Still, the South Korean envoy quoted the North Korean leader as saying he hoped to completely denuclearize and end the hostile relationship between his country and the US before Trump's first term ends in January 2021.
The remarks represent Kim's first timeline for dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
They presented South Korea's blueprint for economic cooperation, including reconnecting severed cross-border railways and roads, and urged Kim to take steps toward denuclearization.
The summit, from 18-20 September, will be the third inter-Korean summit this year.
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.
Kim insisted that formally ending the Korean War had nothing to do with US troops stationed in South Korea, Chung said. Kim wants to sign a treaty first, but American officials fear that he's after a propaganda win and will use the peace treaty to press for the removal of almost 30,000 US troops in South Korea.
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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.
Chung said the North Korean leader reiterated his faith in United States President Donald Trump.
Kim and Trump held a landmark summit in Singapore in June, in which they agreed to work towards complete denuclearisation.
North Korea disabled the site May 24, but skeptics say it may not be irreversible.
The carrier, permanently docked in Yokosuka, Japan, last entered South Korea in October 2017, after conducting joint exercises around the peninsula.
The primary sticking point at the moment is North Korea's desire to bring an official end to the Korean War.
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USA officials have said such a declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearisation, and create uncertainty about the goal of 28,500 us troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war.