Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Moon: Kim committed to ‘complete’ denuclearization, summit with Trump

Moon: Kim committed to ‘complete’ denuclearization, summit with Trump

The Australian-Chinese man posing as the North Korean leader calls himself only Howard X and said he was appearing to wish success for a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump to negotiate an end to the North's nuclear programme.

"During the South Korea-US summit, President Trump said the US is willing to clearly put an end to hostile relations (between the US and North Korea) and help (the North) achieve economic prosperity if North Korea conducts denuclearisation".

The Kim-Moon summit looks like an adroit move by the two Koreas, putting Trump - who on Thursday had stated in an official letter that he was calling off the June 12 Singapore summit he had planned to hold with North Korea - on the back foot.

CNN said that the discussions were focused on the substance of the summit, while a separate United States team in Singapore was dealing with the logistics.

"I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done", he said. Mr Moon said the North's leader had "again made clear his commitment to a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

US President Donald Trump's cancellation of the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly caught South Korea's president by surprise, and he's called an emergency meeting at midnight, Seoul time.

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A senior USA official says the North Koreans stood up an American delegation last week seeking to make arrangements for the summit and did not return messages from the US seeking to discuss the meeting. -North Korea summit on track, said he delivered a message of Trump's "firm will" to end the hostile relationship with North Korea and pursue bilateral economic cooperation. Korea summit an opportunity to make substantial progress on North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

Trump has said Kim would be both secure in his rule and rich, as the US and other countries would offer substantial economic aid and investment.

Saturday's meeting between Moon and Kim took place on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a heavily fortified village that lies between the two countries where the 1953 armistice was signed.

Trump said his decision was based on the "tremendous anger and open hostility displayed" by North Korea officials recently over US demands that Pyongyang follow the Libya denuclearization model.

While maintaining that Kim is committed to denuclearization, Moon acknowledged Pyongyang and Washington may have differing expectations of what that means and he urged both sides to hold working-level talks to resolve their differences.

"The thing he was uncertain about was not denuclearisation but concerns on whether he could trust that the United States would end its hostile policy and guarantee the security of his regime when the North denuclearises itself".

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Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump's initial decision to meet followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over the program.

Saturday's summit marks the fourth meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas since they were divided at the end of the World War II in 1945.

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The meeting would be the culmination of diplomatic efforts that began this year to defuse what had threatened to become a military confrontation between the nuclear-armed communist North and the South. "We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit", he tweeted.

Mr. Moon is the only South Korean leader to have met a North Korean leader twice, both times in the DMZ, which is a symbol of the unending hostilities between the nations after the Korean War ended in 1953 in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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