North Korea to hold military parade as regime celebrates 70th anniversary

Arturo Kim
September 8, 2018

"What matters is implementing with sincerity the agreements among the leaders, and our objective is producing irrevocable progress by the end of this year", Moon said, referring to denuclearization and a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"Yesterday he said I want to make this deal and denuclearize during President Trump's administration, so let's see what happens", Trump told reporters.

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on September 5, 2018 and released on September 6, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) shaking hands with South Korean president's special envoy Chung Eui-yong in Pyongyang.

Kim and Moon have agreed to hold the new summit to continue strengthening ties and work on the denuclearization of the peninsula, as stipulated in their joint declaration signed in the first inter-Korean summit in April.

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South Korean officials have said that Kim is interested in denuclearizing by the end of President Trump's first term.

Kim said he would take "more active" measures toward denuclearization if his moves were met with similar measures, Chung said.

"We have our hostages back, I say it a hundred times, no missiles, no rockets, no nuclear testing".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's faith in Donald Trump remains "unchanged" and he wants to denuclearise the Korean peninsula during the United States president's first term, South officials say.

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But Pyongyang has slammed the Washington for its "gangster-like" demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament. Last month, North Korea also returned 55 sets of human remains to the United States.

This is the first time the North Korean leader laid out a potential deadline for dismantling nuclear weapons, the development of which pushed the region to the brink of military confrontation past year.

Kim told Chung that work to dismantle the only missile engine test site in North Korea "means a complete suspension of future long-range ballistic missile tests". The American government now bans US citizens from visiting North Korea.

Kim did not mention Pompeo's cancelled trip to North Korea, but said he may be able to "more actively" take denuclearization measures should North Korea be given early rewards for the steps it has taken so far, Chung added.

The State Department announced Thursday that Biegun would travel to South Korea, China and Japan next week for talks on North Korea.

After returning home, the envoys said Thursday that Kim still has faith in U.S. President Donald Trump and reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, although he expressed frustration over skepticism about his sincerity.

"We support progress in inter-Korean relations and President Moon's statements that such progress must go hand-in-hand with denuclearization", a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council (NSC) said when asked for comment on the meeting.

Both leaders said they would meet on a regular basis and exchange calls via a recently established hotline, and would open a permanent communication office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

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