South Korean envoys meet North Korean leader

07 September, 2018, 20:44 | Author: Trevor Moore
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Suh Hoon, Moon's spy chief, told lawmakers recently that Pompeo's visit collapsed mainly because North Korea demanded that the United States sign an end-of-war declaration up front, while Washington insisted that the North first hand over a list detailing the components of its nuclear program.

The South Korean team also seeks to establish a joint Korean liaison office in the North, officials said.

Kim Yong-guk, head of North Korea's Foreign Ministry's Disarmament and Peace Institute, articulated the state's position on the ministry's web site Tuesday.

The main objective of the visit would be to fix a date for the next Kim-Moon summit, scheduled for September in Pyongyang.

USA officials have insisted that a peace declaration, which many see as a precursor to the North eventually calling for the removal of all US troops from the Korean Peninsula, can not come before North Korea takes more concrete action toward abandoning its nuclear weapons.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump plan to discuss North Korea during the U.N. General Assembly in NY this month, Moon's office and the White House said on Tuesday, amid lacklustre progress on the North's nuclear issues.

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At the summit the pair reached a vague agreement to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", but there has been little movement since. "That's why I send a special delegation to North Korea (DPRK)", Moon said at a regular meeting with his top aides, according to the presidential Blue House.

The rapid rapprochement on the Korean peninsula led to the landmark meeting between Kim and Trump in June, which the USA leader touted as a historic breakthrough.

Trump responded by calling off Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea last week, citing insufficient progress on denuclearization.

The Korean War ended with an armistice, leaving the peninsula technically still at war.

The Pyongyang summit could reveal whether Moon is ready to push ahead with more engagement with the North despite US frustration over North Korea. Moon has made an end-of-war declaration an important premise of his peace agenda with North Korea.

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