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Chung Eui-yong head of the presidential National Security Office walks to board an aircraft as he and others in a delegation leave for Pyongyang North Korea at a military airport in Seongnam south of Seoul South Korea Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

Chung Eui-yong head of the presidential National Security Office walks to board an aircraft as he and others in a delegation leave for Pyongyang North Korea at a military airport in Seongnam south of Seoul South Korea Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, will travel to Pyongyang on September 18 for a three-day summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, his top aides confirmed on Thursday.

Chung reported that Kim said he wishes for North Korea and the United States to put an end to their seven decades of hostile relations before the end of Trump's first term.

North Korea's state news agency KCNA, just minutes before the press conference, also published a statement by Kim guaranteeing his pledge to "realise the denuclearization".

But a disappointing revelation too - the South Korean envoy said it's unlikely that Kim Jong-un will make his global debut at the UN General Assembly in NY, . which would have opened the door to a a possible three-way summit with Presidents Moon and Trump.

The North Korean dictator wants to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula before Trump finishes his term, according to South Korean officials.

Kim emphasised that his "trust in Trump remains unchanged" despite the difficulties, Chung said, and expressed his intention to work closely with the USA to achieve denuclearisation "in the first official term of President Trump". Kim said he'd take "more active" measures toward denuclearisation if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Chung said.

"(The countries) agreed to discuss specific ways to built their mutual trust and prevent armed conflicts while continuing their ongoing talks on reducing military tension at the South-North Korean summit", Chung said. For his part, Trump had abruptly canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned visit to Pyongyang, citing a lack of progress in denuclearization talks.

The South Koreans' trip to Pyongyang came amid mounting disagreements over the speed and sequence of efforts to eliminate North Korea's nuclear arsenal and finally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

The South Korean envoys who met Kim on Wednesday finalized the dates for a summit later this month between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the driving force behind the current diplomacy.




'Chairman Kim also emphasized he has never spoken ill of Trump to his aides or anyone really.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also agreed to meet Kim in the North Korean capital on September 18-20, the first such trip in 11 years. We haven't had any nuclear tests, we haven't had any missile tests, which we consider a great thing.

Pyongyang has said the United States needs to reciprocate North Korea's goodwill gestures, which also include the return of USA war remains, by stating an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Pompeo, visiting New Delhi, declined to discuss the next steps but said there was a long road ahead in the denuclearisation process.

But U.S. officials said they have already made concessions, with the suspension of U.S. And it won't until Pyongyang gives up its nuclear weapons, the US says.

And he asked for a message to be delivered to Trump.

The Korean War ended with an armistice agreement, which technically leaves the peninsula at war.

The primary sticking point at the moment is North Korea's desire to bring an official end to the Korean War.

Another professor, Kim Joon-hyung of Handong University, found it significant that Kim did not link his Korean War peace treaty proposal to the removal of USA troops from the Korean peninsula.

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