Leaders of two Koreas meet in Pyongyang for talks on ending war

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

-North Korean negotiations from careening off course.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted with smiles and hugs by the North's leader Kim Jong-un ahead of a crucial summit over denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the prospect of officially ending the 1950-53 Korean War.


"Because this issue is not something we can address ourselves, I plan to hold candid talks with Chairman Kim Jong-un on where we can find an intersecting point between the United States' call for denuclearization steps and the North's demand for corresponding steps to guarantee its security and end the hostile relationship (between the USA and North Korea)", Moon said.

The two leaders are expected to hold meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, and jointly announce the results on the last day if things go smoothly.

Moon served as Roh's chief of staff and was in charge of preparations for Roh's 2007 summit with Kim's father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

The United States has pressed, without success, for early, significant North Korean gestures as a way to ascertain North Korean seriousness of objective regarding denuclearization.

Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the Workers' Party of Korea, said on Monday both sides should strive to create a "a new history of peace, prosperity and reunification" between the two Koreas that would "add to the joy of our people".

North Korea called this approach "gangster-like" and appeared to reject the proposal in its entirety, following Pompeo's July 6-7 visit to Pyongyang.

Following their June summit in Singapore, North Korea and the United States remain at odds over how to carry out their vaguely-worded agreement and who should make concessions to move negotiations forward.

The Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace deal.

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Skepticism remains over whether the North Korean leader is serious about denuclearization.

While it is still uncertain whether the U.S. would accept the idea of "declaration-for-declaration exchange", Kim of Kyungnam University said it would help to have North Korea and the USA "almost simultaneously declare" North Korea's nuclear arsenal and the end of the Korean War.

His second objective is to mediate and promote denuclearization dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

A welcoming mood prevailed in the North Korean capital, with thousands of citizens lining the streets holding pom-poms and flags as Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un passed by waving from the rear of an open-backed limousine. -North Korea relations to make real progress on peace and denuclearization.

Military confidence-building high on Moon's agendaMeanwhile, the two Koreas have made progress on improving inter-Korean ties since the April summit and translating it into a more substantive agreement will be high on Moon's agenda in Pyongyang. It's expected that Moon and Kim will work to further implement the items outlined in the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration. Moon envisions economic cooperation with Pyongyang as a solution to South Korean economic woes, even as the United States continues to emphasize sanctions enforcement as the primary lever by which to pressure North Korea into denuclearizing.

But in terms of what Moon can do to help further the U.S.

"Unsurprisingly, therefore, we insisted on having our position reflected in the document", he said, and a compromise on the report was reached among all 15 council members - including the "American delegation" and USA "experts".

Traveling with him are South Korean business tycoons, including Samsung scion Jay Y. Lee and the chiefs of SK Group and LG Group.

"This summit would be very meaningful if it yielded a resumption of North Korea-US talks", he said. This came partly in response to anxiety that a combined inter-Korean and U.S.

Citing unnamed sources, Vox reported last month that the stalemate occurred because Trump told North Korea's leader Kim that he would sign the peace agreement soon after their Singapore summit.

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