NK leader likely to hold 1st summit with Putin next week

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

Trump hailed the decision, saying a third summit with Kim "would be good".

Moon said he hoped to make concrete and effective discussions with Kim "in any place and formality at the North's convenience".

Trump, however, said after the Hanoi summit that while North Korea committed to "totally" dismantling its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, the lifting of the sanctions would require Pyongyang to scrap other nuclear facilities and programs, including undeclared ones.

Moon had his first summit with Kim in Panmunjom last April and another one in May. Meanwhile, he stressed that the US and the ROK were focusing on "the big deal", which, in Trump's words, is to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "President Trump also expressed his sympathy for the need of an inter-Korean summit and expressed expectations", Moon said.

Moon met U.S. President Donald Trump last week in Washington where they agreed on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea but did not announce specific plans on how to get the stalemated negotiations back on track.

North Korea has held a series of sports and cultural events over the past few days.

Trump has welcomed further talks with Kim, insisting their personal relationship was "excellent". South Korea: Why has the peninsula been divided?

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In their third summit last September, Moon and Kim agreed to reconnect the Koreas' railways and roads, normalize operations at a jointly run factory park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and restart South Korean tours to the North's scenic Diamond Mountain resort, voicing optimism that global sanctions could end and allow such projects.

In a celebratory report, Choe lauded the late leader's "rare wisdom, outstanding guidance and noble virtue" for leading the country's "revolution and construction only to victory", according to the Korean Central News Agency. Kim said in the speech that he is willing to try a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its approach.

The United States is "is still shunning the withdrawal of its hostile policy, the fundamental way of establishing the new DPRK-U.S. relations, and miscalculating that it can bring us to our knees if it puts maximum pressure on us", Kim said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a meeting with his aids at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 15, 2019.

Kim said South Korea should not "pose as a meddlesome "mediator" and "facilitator" between the North and the United States.

"In his speech after being re-elected as the State Affairs Commission chairman, Kim once again declared his strong determination for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of peace", Moon said.

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