Kim Jong Un set to meet Russia's Putin

17 April, 2019, 15:39 | Author: Myra Gill
  • The brazen killing of Kim Jong Nam with a toxic nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's international airport in broad daylight shocked the world

In last week's summit with Trump, the US leader also asked Moon to inform him about the North's position after any inter-Korean contact, suggesting that an upcoming inter-Korean summit, if it takes place, will address a more specific nuclear deal to be used in a possible Kim-Trump summit later. Kim also held two summits with US President Donald Trump, with the parties reaching a non-binding verbal agreement in June stipulating that Pyongyang would make efforts to promote complete denuclearization of the peninsula in exchange for a freeze of US-South Korean military drills and the potential removal of US sanctions. 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.

In his first public remarks since Kim's address, Moon said he "very much welcomed" that speech, saying it showed Kim's "unwavering" commitment toward denuclearization and the reopening of negotiations.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea. "But U.S. -style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it".

A Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea's dictator will be freed from a Malaysian prison on May 3, according to her lawyer.


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.

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

Moon said Trump was supportive of his plan for an inter-Korean summit when they met in Washington last week.

Kim said South Korea should not "pose as a meddlesome "mediator" and "facilitator" between the North and the United States. He said the North's economy would preserve through heavy US -led sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he "wouldn't "obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief". Experts said this could be a sign of his desire to keep recent months of up-and-down nuclear diplomacy alive rather than returning to the threats and weapons tests that characterized 2017, when many feared possible war on the Korean Peninsula.

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