N.Korea's Kim says summit with Trump stabilised region, sees more progress
N.Korea's Kim says summit with Trump stabilised region, sees more progress
The Latest: South Korea president leaves for North Korea
20 September, 2018, 05:45
They were warmly welcomed from the plane by Kim Jong-Un and his wife, Ri Sol-Ju.
The statement caps off the third summit between Kim and Moon, who is under increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in its efforts to get Kim to completely - and unilaterally - abandon his nuclear arsenal.
There are many business leaders in Moon's delegation of over 150 members, including executives from some of South Korea's largest conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai.
Mr Moon's chief of staff, however, played down the chance that Mr Moon's summit with Mr Kim would produce major progress in nuclear diplomacy.
A little later, Moon waded into the crowd of elite North Korean citizens who'd been brought out to welcome him, shaking hands with some and then deeply bowing amid wild cheers.
During their motor parade through Pyongyang's landmark Ryomyong Street, a new residential district launched past year under Kim's initiative to modernise the city, Kim and Moon briefly stepped out of the vehicle to greet and take flowers from members of the crowd.
Perhaps more immediately, and possibly more crucially, Moon may need to ultimately convince Trump to give South Korea some breathing room to operate independently, said Aidan Foster-Carter, a North Korea specialist and honorary senior research fellow at Leeds University.
It says two top officials each from North and South Korea are also attending the summit meeting along with their leaders.
Their previous meetings this year were at the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two countries.
But U.S. officials remain "unenthusiastic" about declaring an end to the war without any substantial action toward denuclearization from the North, Seoul officials said.
During a conversation at the Paekhwawon guest house where Moon was to stay, Kim said North Koreans hope diplomacy will yield positive results. While Washington insists Pyongyang commits to denuclearization first, the Kim regime wants the removal of sanctions and a peace agreement with the South to end the Korean War. -North Korea negotiation over North Korea's denuclearization seems to have lost some of its initial momentum, "Japan would not want to see South Korea going too far out on engaging North Korea", she said.
Moon's trip comes amid a deadlock in denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea.
Moon also will focus on bridging the gap between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump regarding denuclearization.
Moon began the three-day visit aimed at advancing faltering nuclear talks amid record-low public approval at home where he has faced a barrage of criticism over his government's handling of the economy and failure to deliver on his promise to create jobs.
Moon's first meeting with Kim at the Panmunjom truce border village had engrossed even the most skeptical of the South Koreans.
Moon is to meet Kim at least twice - later Tuesday and then again on Wednesday.
The two countries have technically been at war for nearly 70 years now. Their military officers have been working together to draft such steps since Moon and Kim agreed to eliminate the danger of war during their first summit in April. Currently, all major joint economic projects between the Koreas remain stalled because of USA -led sanctions.
Moon's two predecessors - Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun - met former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of current leader Kim Jong Un, in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
With North Korea hard-pressed by global sanctions, it is unlikely that the third inter-Korean summit will yield immediate results in such areas as cross-border economic cooperation.
According to Cheong Wa Dae, in a recent phone conversation Trump requested that Moon act as the "chief negotiator" between the USA and North Korea. The talks are to continue Wednesday and Moon is expected to return to Seoul on Thursday.
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