Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

US, North Korea agree to hold 2nd summit in near future

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He travels to Seoul Sunday evening to meet with President Moon Jae-in.

Kim and Pompeo met for about two hours, and then had lunch together at the Paekhwawon, or 100 Flowers Garden, a prestigious state guesthouse, for another 90 minutes, according to a pool report.

Pompeo and Kim also agreed to form a working group "at an early date" to discuss the denuclearisation process and the second summit, which Kim proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump in a letter last month, according to Moon's press secretary Yoon Young-chan.

The official, who was part of Pompeo's delegation, indicated some progress was made during the visit, which included a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but added: "It's going to be a long haul".

Pompeo responded: "We had a great, great visit this morning. It was another step forward", Pompeo said in a meeting with Moon at the Blue House. The U.S. had been pressuring North Korea to provide an inventory of its nuclear arsenal and facilities. -North Korea summit, which Trump predicted might be held "in the not too distant future".

With talks largely deadlocked, at the heart of this round of negotiations is a debate over what the USA should demand from North Korea and what it is willing to give in exchange.

The governments of both North and South Korea, however, say that is unrealistic.

But several experts told ABC News that North Korea hadn't done enough yet to earn an end-of-war declaration, let alone a second Trump-Kim summit.

"But with respect to our relationship with the Republic of Korea and Japan on this issue, I have found that we are in lockstep on the most important issues and how to approach them", Pompeo said.

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Pompeo will finish his trip in Beijing, and it is still unclear which Chinese counterparts he will meet with there.

"North Korea summit, which I hope will be happening soon, will make an irreversible and decisive progress in terms of complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula as well as the peace process".

In exchange, the United States would declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War - which concluded with an armistice rather than a full-blown peace treaty - but North Korea would stop short of delivering an exhaustive list of its nuclear facilities, she said. The North Korean leader also invited inspectors to visit the nuclear test site that was destroyed back in May to "confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled".

Later Kim said, "It's a very nice day that promises a good future" for both countries. He came away from it saying the two sides had made progress, only for North Korea to denounce him for making "gangster-like" demands and raising "cancerous" issues.

While the USA demands North Korea submit a detailed inventory of its nuclear and missile programs, Pyongyang insists that Washington first provide a security guarantee by declaring an official end to the Korean War before a possible peace treaty is signed.

Pompeo met with Kim on Sunday and arrived in Seoul later.

Pompeo's last trip to North Korea in July did not go well. The steps they've taken so far - beginning to dismantle a key missile engine test site and blowing up the tunnels to a nuclear site - have been without worldwide inspectors present to verify, and could be reversed.

Kim said he believed the dialogue between the two countries would continue to develop favorably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their historic June summit, KCNA said.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the United Nations General Assembly at the end of last month that "coercive" sanctions were lethal to trust-building between the two nations, and that without trust "there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

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