Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

Chung Eui-yong head of the presidential National Security Office walks to board an aircraft as he and others in a delegation leave for Pyongyang North Korea at a military airport in Seongnam south of Seoul South Korea Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

He says Trump asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to work as "chief negotiator" to mediate between Washington and Pyongyang during their earlier phone talks.

In this photo provided by South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un (C) poses for a group photo with a special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other delegates following their meeting in Pyongyang on September 5, 2018.

According to Chung, Kim "reaffirmed his determination to completely denuclearize" the peninsula, but said "he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith".

President Trump tweeted Thursday morning, "Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim. But the work of convincing Chairman Kim to make the strategic shift that we've talked about for a brighter future for the people of North Korea continues".

The remarks represent Kim's first timeline for dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

"Kim also made it clear that he needs some kind of proof Trump has abandoned the U.S.'s hostile policy before moving toward denuclearization".

The two pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula at the Singapore meeting but no details were agreed, and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.

He said Kim emphasized that he has not once talked negatively about Trump to anyone, including his closest advisers.

"There is still an enormous amount of work to do", he said.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday published a lengthy statement on its website saying that an end-of-war declaration would be a necessary trust-building step between the wartime foes that would "manifest the political will to establish the lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will reportedly hold a summit from September 18-20 in Pyongyang as a next step in negotiations.

The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Thursday said Washington must discard its "stubborn" stance that the North must denuclearize first before the United States agrees to a peace treaty.

However, US officials may put spanner in the works as they insisted that the peace accord can not be reached before North Korea provides all information on its nuclear program, allows global inspections and gives up a certain number of its projectiles during the early stages of the talks.

The BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul said it was hoped that President Moon Jae-in could act as an intermediary and rekindle the stalled talks between the United States and North Korea.

The summit being planned will be the first time in more than a decade that a South Korean leader has visited the North Korean capital.

Pompeo declined to comment Thursday on what the next steps are for US diplomacy with North Korea.

Most observers warn the North has taken no meaningful steps to denuclearise.

North and South Korea remain technically at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a ceasefire.

Earlier Thursday, North Korean media said that Kim Jong Un had called for further efforts to "realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" during meetings with the envoys. The U.S. president gave Moon's envoys a message to deliver to Kim Jong Un, who gave the officials a statement to send to the White House. Negotiations since then have been rocky and settled into a stalemate.

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