South Korea vows to faithfully implement summit agreement with NK

27 May, 2018, 13:42 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • 27 2018 by South Korea Presidential Blue House North Korean leader Kim Jong Un center left and South K

"(Kim) once again has made clear his will for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and expressed his intent to settle the history of war and confrontation, and to cooperate for peace and prosperity through the success of the North Korea-US summit".

The US President said they are still considering 12 June in Singapore for the summit with Kim Jong Un.

The Kim-Moon meeting followed a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated June 12 meeting before saying it's potentially back on.

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim agreed at a surprise meeting on Saturday that a possible North Korea-U.S. summit must be held successfully, Mr. Moon told a news conference in Seoul.

"Chairman Kim reached out to me in the afternoon two days ago, saying that he would like to meet without any formalities".

FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture provided by the Presidential Blue House on May 26, 2018. They very much want to do it.

"I stressed that the two leaders need to settle misunderstandings through direct communication and have sufficient communication through working-level talks on the agenda to be agreed on at the summit", Moon said, adding that Kim agreed.


Trump signalled that preparations for the summit with Mr. Kim were going ahead.

"What Kim is unclear about is that he has concerns about whether his country can surely trust the United States over its promise to end hostile relations (with North Korea) and provide a security guarantee if they do denuclearization", Moon said.

The KCNA statement said Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon agreed to hold high-level talks between their two nations on June 1, and to take steps to quickly implement their efforts to denuclearize the peninsula. KCNA said the leaders also agreed to meet frequently.

However, the South Korean leader said Kim remained uncertain about US pledges to protect the Kim regime. Global journalists were present, but the US government can't verify the site's destruction.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump's policy of separating children, parents at border "would shock Jesus" MORE is denying reports of "disagreement" within his administration on its strategy on North Korea. A top North Korean official later blasted the comments as "unlawful and outrageous".

During that process, the North Korean official relayed Kim Jong-un's desire for the leaders of the two Koreas to hold an informal and candid meeting.

At their first meeting, Kim and Moon first announced "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and permanent peace, which Seoul has tried to sell as a meaningful breakthrough to set up the summit with Trump.

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