Seoul: North Korean politician Kim Jong Un has decided to hold talks on nuclear disarmament with the President of South Korea Moon Jae-in at a summit in Pyongyang in September, Seoul said on Thursday. This is the third time the two leaders are meeting this year. South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong reportedly said that the discussion would be on the “practical measures to denuclearise” the flashpoint peninsula during the September 18-20 summit. Also Read - North Korea Amends Constitution, Gives More Power to Kim Jong-un
During the Wednesday visit to Pyongyang, Chung met Kim and handed over a personal letter from Moon. The summit dates were also finalised while Chung was in Pyongyang. An envoy stated that the North Korean leader has decided to cooperate with both Seoul and Washington on denuclearisation. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks Very Good English, Just Doesn't Want to Talk: Trump at G7 Summit | Watch Epic Handshake
During the meeting, Chung “expressed a firm determination toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula as well as an intention to work closely with the US… to achieve the goal,” the North Korean leader said. The South Korean envoy’s visit to Pyongyang came amid a deadlock on the North’s atomic weapons, with US efforts to dismantle the arsenal stalled for weeks.
In a landmark summit in Singapore in June, US President Donald Trump and Kim vowed to work toward the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, but their agreement was short on details on what that meant and how it would be achieved. Frustrated with the lack of progress, Trump last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the US leader. But despite the difficulties, Kim’s “trust in Trump remains unchanged”, Chung said. (With AFP inputs)