North Korea 'will denuclearise in Trump's first term'

Kim Jong Un left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the North and South

Kim Jong Un left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the North and South

"This trust, despite some difficulties surfaced during the negotiation process between the U.S. and the North, will continue", he said.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim".

Mr Chung is also expected to brief countries including the USA on the results of his visit to Pyongyang, and "closely work together with them". Trump is referencing his effort to get Kim to denuke his country, though reports indicate that, since their made-for-TV summit, the opposite has been going on in North Korea.

Chung quoted Kim as saying that two-thirds of each tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear weapons testing site had collapsed, rendering the tunnels permanently unusable.

However, Mr Kim has expressed a "sense of frustration" with the worldwide community for not appreciating what he called Pyongyang's "very significant and meaningful" steps, Mr Chung said. It was launched in 2004 during a previous bid to improve relations with the North, and enabled South Korean companies to manufacture products using cheaper North Korean labor.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un wants to realize denuclearization during U.S. President Donald Trump's first term - giving a timeline for the first time - and has agreed to a third summit with his South Korean counterpart, Seoul officials said.

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.

The talks came ahead of a summit between the leaders of North and South Korea later this month in Pyongyang.

Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

The South Korean envoys who met Kim on Wednesday finalized the dates for a summit later this month between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the driving force behind the current diplomacy.

The newly appointed USA envoy for the North, Stephen Biegun, last month said Kim had promised "final, fully verified denuclearization" at the summit.

"The countries agreed to review the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and discuss the future direction of its implementation, and to discuss practical ways to establish lasting peace and ensure joint prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, especially denuclearize the Korean Peninsula", he told a nationally televised press conference.

The North Korean dictator wants to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula before Trump finishes his term, according to South Korean officials. Post-summit nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang were rocky and quickly settled into a stalemate.

National security adviser Chung Eui-youg (left) and other South Korean officials walk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Wednesday. Pompeo declined to talk about what he described as "ongoing negotiations" with the North Koreans.

"There is still an enormous amount of work to do", he said. We haven't had any nuclear tests, we haven't had any missile tests, which we consider a great thing. The milestone meeting resulted in an accord, sealed by Trump and Kim, in Singapore in June, but the talks between Pyongyang and Washington stalled as both sides disagreed on how to carry out the vaguely-worded agreement.

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.

During his meeting with Kim, Chung delivered a message from Trump and will relay comments from Kim to U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, Moon's spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, told reporters.

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