Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Pompeo Has Received North Korean Letter Trump Was Expecting

Pompeo Has Received North Korean Letter Trump Was Expecting

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.

While the United States maintains that efforts to improve relations between the Koreas should move in tandem with efforts to denuclearize North Korea, Moon has recently said inter-Korean engagement could take the lead.

The initial sense of progress towards resolving the nuclear issue after the summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June has given way to an impasse, if not the risky situation of previous year when the threat of conflict was strong. In a written interview released Friday with Indonesian newspaper Kompas, Moon said he wants to see such a declaration made this year as part of trust-building measures.

Trump began this morning's twitter activity complimenting Kim Jong Un, who had tossed POTUS a lifeline by proclaiming his "unwavering faith in President Trump". "He expressed his strong will to carry out more proactive measures toward denuclearisation if action is taken in response to the North's preemptive steps".

Thursday's statements by the two leaders appeared to paper over differences the two sides have over what the current talks should focus on.

During the meeting, Kim "reaffirmed his firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and expressed his willingness to closely cooperate with not only South Korea but also the USA to that end", Chung said.

The phrase "complete denuclearization" - a term long preferred by North Korea - could be read to preclude nuclear-capable USA bombers and submarines from operating near South Korea.

Wang Yang, another member of the seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, attended a gathering Thursday night in Beijing at the North Korean embassy, marking the anniversary a few days ahead of the celebrations in Pyongyang. He said Kim confirmed his commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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KCNA said Kim and the South Korean envoys reached a "satisfactory agreement" over his planned summit with Moon.

'Chairman Kim said that although the dialogue between the USA and North Korea is experiencing some difficulties, his trust in President Trump continues, especially at times like this, ' according to Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's director of national security and the leader of the envoys.

Pompeo, who is now visiting India, was a tad less enthusiastic.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "We haven't had any nuclear tests, we haven't had any missile tests, which we consider a good thing". The poster at left reads "Let's thoroughly implement the decisions of the April meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea". The North Korean leader cited his dismantlement of a key nuclear test site and his suspension of missile tests.

Seoul and Pyongyang both want a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice.

He was expected to brief his American counterpart, National Security Adviser John Bolton, at 8 p.m. Seoul time, Moon's office said.

Prof Shi noted that China needs to strengthen its relations with North Korea which are fragile although they are improving after reaching a low point past year.

We all know the erratic nature of Donald Trump's policy towards North Korea.

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