North Korean Leader Wants New Talks with Trump

Glen Norman
September 21, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had invited his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho to a meeting in NY, since he would be in the city for the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of "international experts" and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un Wednesday.

If South Korean President Moon doesn't consider the future of his country to be in danger, then Trump should follow Moon's assessment and sign an agreement ending the Korean War.

The Korean summit comes as the USA effort to get North Korea to shut down its nuclear weapons program has met with mixed results.

Mr Pompeo cited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's decision to "complete the previously announced dismantlement of the Tongchang-ri site in the presence of United States and worldwide inspectors as a step toward the final fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea". The 1950-53 war still technically continues because it ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

The North Korean leader on Wednesday agreed to shutter the Tongchang-ri missile-testing site in the presence of worldwide observers, a move the United States welcomed by saying it was ready for immediate talks aimed at denuclearising the North.

According to reports, the Trump administration has insisted that North Korea take a unilateral, complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, known as CVID.

While the future of the denuclearization talks is subject to the degree of concessions to be offered from Washington, Snyder said upcoming reciprocal action from the United States could include US commitment to guarantee the North's security. He said he would discuss with Trump his and Kim's goal of declaring an end to the Korean War by the end of this year.

"The result of the summit is better than expected in nearly every area, but in some areas such as economic cooperation there are increasing risks of leaning too far forward without the necessary justification that will only be provided by tangible evidence of nuclear and conventional threat reduction on the Korean Peninsula", said Snyder. Although he has made a meaningful gesture of goodwill in returning US troops' remains from the Korean War, the evidence that Kim has begun the denuclearization process in earnest is messy at best.

With scant progress in the past three months, Trump has been open to criticism that he had been too eager to hold an unprecedented meeting with the North Korean leader in the summer and gained little in return.

Still, the dismantling of the site in the country's northeast would have limited impact on North Korea's ability to pose a nuclear threat to the United States.

The US president, however, did not give details about what specific steps North Korea had already taken to justify a second meeting. At those talks, the North Korean leader promised to end his country's nuclear weapons program. Members of the Kim family are referred to as sharing the "Paektu bloodline" and the volcano is emblazoned on North Korea's national emblem and lends its name to everything from rockets to power stations.

Although Moon could have visited the summit sooner from the Chinese side, he had wanted to go by "stepping on our soil", Kim Eui-kyeom, a South Korean presidential spokesman, said at a briefing. "Many, particularly in Seoul, are advocating relief or release from sanctions".

The young leader vowed to "write a new history between the North and South" from the top of Mount Paektu.

'A peace treaty would be sealed, as well as normalisation of North Korea-U.S. relations, after the North achieves complete denuclearization'. Moon took the bottle and dipped it in the lake, combining water from the Korean Peninsula's most iconic volcanoes.

"We had lived together for five thousand years but apart for just 70 years", Moon said in his speech on Thursday, in which he repeatedly addressed the crowd as "Citizens of Pyongyang, fellow Koreans".

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