Korean officials talk in North's capital to set up summit

07 September, 2018, 20:47 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang North Korea during a 2018 Easter weekend trip in this undated image

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held telephone talks Tuesday night with U.S. President Donald Trump on Moon's special envoys' visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Moon's office said.

South Korean officials said an end-of-war declaration would be among the issues discussed in the meetings between the South Korean envoys and North Korean officials.

It was the first time a North Korean leader had crossed into the South since the 1950-53 war sealed the division of the Korean peninsula.

North Korea's obsession with an end-of-war declaration may also indicate that it seeks to turn the talks with the United States into an arms reduction negotiation between two nuclear states, rather than a process to surrender its nukes.

Ju oversaw the launch of North Korea's Unha 2 long-range rocket in 2009, which he watched alongside then leader Kim Jong Il, Yonhap news agency said.

North Korea wrote to Pompeo last month, warning that the peace process was faltering and telling him not to come to Pyongyang unless he was willing to bring further concessions, officials have said.

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If Moon fails at his upcoming meeting with Kim, he may face a serious political dilemma: whether to continue to engage the North or join another USA -led high-pressure campaign against Pyongyang.

North Korea is said to have demanded a timely quid pro quo for its denuclearization efforts while the USA has repeatedly vowed to maintain maximum sanctions on the impoverished North until it completely denuclearizes.

"If inter-Korean relations also stagnate, the diplomatic momentum could be lost", he said in an interview.

At the US-North Korea summit in Singapore in June, Kim and Trump had agreed to improve bilateral ties and work toward North Korea's nuclear disarmament.

Kim was paraphrased in the statement by his propaganda specialists as saying that it was "his will to completely remove the danger of armed conflict and horror of war from the Korean peninsula and turn it into the cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threat". "The Moon government is primarily focused on the second way".

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