N. Korea’s Kim reaffirms pledge to denuke, willingness to meet Trump

TOKYO, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his willingness to denuclearize and hold a summit with US President Donald Trump, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday, according to Yonhap News Agency.

“Chairman Kim has once again clearly expressed his commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and expressed his willingness to end the history of war and confrontation through the success of the North Korea-US summit,” Moon said about his latest summit with the North Korean leader held Saturday. “We agreed the June 12 North Korea-US summit must be successfully held,” Kim was quoted as saying at a press conference in Seoul.

The surprise summit was held on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, a border village that sits directly on the Military Demarcation Line that divides the two Koreas. The meeting came about one month after the leaders held their first-ever talks on April 27.

Trump on Thursday (Washington time) called off his scheduled summit with Kim set for June 12 in Singapore, citing the North’s tremendous anger and open hostility, only to suggest later the meeting would go ahead as planned. “While explaining the outcome of my summit with US President Trump held last week, I relayed the message that President Trump is firmly willing to end his country’s hostile relationship with North Korea and enhance economic cooperation should Chairman Kim make a decision on complete denuclearization and implements it,” Moon said.

The South Korean president visited Washington on Monday-Wednesday. He said his surprise meeting with Kim came at a suggestion from the North Korean leader, who on Friday expressed hope to meet for candid dialogue. “Also, as both Chairman Kim and President Trump sincerely wish for the success of the North-US summit, I stressed the need for the two sides to remove any misunderstanding through direct communication and to hold enough dialogue on agenda issues that need to be addressed at their summit,” Moon said, adding “Chairman Kim also agreed.” Meanwhile, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday that Kim has voiced his “fixed will” on talks with Trump during his latest summit with Moon.

“Kim thanked Moon for much effort made by him for the DPRK-US summit and expressed his fixed will on the historic DPRK-US summit talks,” the report said. DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Kim Jong-un told Moon Jae-in to positively cooperate with each other as ever to improve the DPRK-US relations and establish mechanism for permanent and durable peace,” it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency