Korean Leaders Take Diplomacy to New Heights

Korean Leaders Take Diplomacy to New Heights

Korean Leaders Take Diplomacy to New Heights

This was well received by President Trump, but it is a small step towards the goal of denuclearisation.

Kim Yong Un made another pledge to the South's Moon Jae-in on denuclearisaing the North.

Kim's trip to Seoul would be the first by a Northern leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, when hostilities ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving them technically in a state of war.

Among possible Pyongyang demands are the permanent end to "provocative" military exercises between the US and South Korea, which North Korea says amount to invasion practice. He also set a January 2021 deadline for North Korea's denuclearization.

Mount Paektu holds great cultural significance for both Koreas because it is considered the mythical birthplace of the Korean people. Mr Moon also appeared to be making good on his proposals to help build up the North's infrastructure and open cross-border rail links. He offered to do the same at the Yongbyun nuclear facility, if the USA takes corresponding measures in the spirit of the June 12 declaration between the United States and North Korea.

"We should write another chapter of history between the North and the South by reflecting our new history on this Heaven Lake".

Speaking to the media Wednesday after a brief signing ceremony, Kim and Moon vowed to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula once and for all, something they first committed to at their April summit.

Mr Pompeo said he had invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to meet in NY next week where they are both due to attend the United Nations gathering of world leaders.

In the Pyongyang Declaration, jointly announced by the two leaders on Wednesday, North Korea pledged additional steps toward denuclearization - starting with the permanent dismantlement of its Tongchang-ri missile engine test site under the observation of outside experts.

"I have a dream that I have not been able to fulfil for a long time, which is trekking Mount Paektu and the Kaema Plateau (in North Korea)", Mr Moon said during a banquet after his first summit with Kim in April, which took place at the demilitarised zone separating the two neighbours.

"I propose we move forward toward the big picture of peace in which the past 70-year-long hostility can be eradicated and we can become one again", he said, prompting rapturous applause.

President Moon Jae-in waves to North Koreans on his way to Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on Thursday. In North Korean society, it's better known for something else: where founding father Kim Il Sung fought against Japanese colonial forces in the early 20th century, and where his son, Kim Jong-il, was born.

Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, believes the possibility of a second Trump-Kim summit is "100 percent", adding it could also be a trilateral summit with Moon, or even a quadrilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, because Moon hasn't revealed everything regarding Kim's plans to denuclearize.

Washington has demanded concrete action, such as a full disclosure of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, before agreeing to Pyongyang's key goals, including an easing of worldwide sanctions and an official end to the Korean War.

The question is whether it would be enough for US President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off.

In a statement to the press after the meeting, Kim told reporters that he and Moon had "made a firm commitment to exert active efforts to make the Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons and nuclear threat and turn it into a land of peace".

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