Trump getting letter from Kim Jong-un, expects 'positive' news on denuclearization

Aaron Brown
September 9, 2018

The third inter-Korean summit will take place in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20, Seoul's National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong said Thursday.

Chung, head of the presidential National Security Office, led a five-member delegation to Pyongyang that also included the director of the National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon.

Chung did not elaborate on the message from Kim, but said the North Korean leader had expressed exasperation because he felt that North Korea's efforts to achieve denuclearization were being undervalued.

From last weekend through Thursday, Xi had been busy meeting with a long line of African leaders. They first met in the border village of Panmunjom on April 27, then again on May 26.

She said Kim "wants peace" and is hopeful of making his first official visit to Russian Federation as soon as he is able.

On Friday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency quoted a statement from the obscure Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front (AINDF) denouncing the presence of US forces in South Korea and calling them the "chieftain of aggression and division, and root cause of misfortune and pain".

The President abruptly canceled a US-North Korean summit last month after he accused Kim's regime of stonewalling the negotiations; scrapping Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Hermit Kingdom.

This would be the third meeting this year between the two leaders.

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The pledge comes after Trump, frustrated with a lack of progress on disarmament, last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the U.S. leader.

Chung quoted Kim as saying that two-thirds of each tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear weapons testing site had collapsed, rendering the tunnels permanently unusable.

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Kim, however, expressed to Chung that he was frustrated by skepticism in the worldwide community over his commitment to denuclearisation.

Kim wants to sign a treaty first, but American officials fear that he's after a propaganda win and will use the peace treaty to press for the removal of almost 30,000 US troops in South Korea.

"If needed, we should pull forward the negotiations for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with the development in relations between the South and North", Chung said.

But the North Korean leader also expressed a "sense of frustration" with the worldwide community for not appreciating what he called Pyongyang's "very significant and meaningful" steps, Chung said. Some of his reported comments were reiterations of past stances, but there will be sharp interest in whether they push negotiators back to diplomacy after recriminations that followed Kim and Trump's June summit.

"And he said he hoped to end 70 years of hostile relationship between North Korea and the U.S. and realize denuclearization by improving the North-U.S. relationship within Trump's first term", he added.

The announcement of the September 18-20 summit - the third between the North's leader Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in this year - comes as USA efforts to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal have stalled.

North Korean girls stand at attention at the end of a performance of the "Arirang" mass games at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

To make sure the event is seen around the world, North Korea has invited a large contingent of foreign media to cover it and the other events including the military parade.

Matvienko also said she had passed a message from President Vladimir Putin to Kim - but did not reveal the contents of the letter.

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