US Warns North Korea: No Concessions Without Denuclearization

Trump expecting 'positive' letter from Kim Jong Un

Even though Kim reportedly wants denuclearization to happen before the end of Trump's first term, negotiations hit a snag recently due to indications that NoKo is still developing new missiles and a more advanced nuclear infrastructure.

Kim and Moon previously met in the border village of Panmunjom on May 26 and on April 27, when they signed a historic declaration pledging a common goal of "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

The two leaders have traded correspondence as they negotiate over North Korea's nuclear programme and Trump has also praised Kim on social media.

After Donald Trump canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang, the assumption was that the peace process started by the almost impromptu summit between the two leaders had failed.

In a statement on August 24, Trump said he was scotching Pompeo's trip "because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Some analysts suggested Kim was flattering Trump in hopes of dividing the president from advisers who have advocated a tougher US stand.

"He said: "Meeting the President of Russian Federation is very important to me, we should discuss the strategy and prospects of our cooperation, I of course would also like to discuss a number of important questions of the global agenda".

It's Kim's fourth personal letter to President Trump, . since the first letter was sent in June.

Indeed, as the Chinese news agency also said, at the moment "the ball is in Washington's court".

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Presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters at a regular press briefing Seoul hopes the United States will take corresponding measures to the latest inter-Korea developments, Yonhap reported.

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 USA forces in South Korea and calling them the "chieftain of aggression and division, and root cause of misfortune and pain".

Chung, the South Korean envoy, said Kim Jong Un stressed the need for a peace declaration, and said that such a step wouldn't require the withdrawal of USA troops. Last month, North Korea also returned 55 sets of human remains to the United States.

"(The countries) agreed to discuss specific ways to built their mutual trust and prevent armed conflicts while continuing their ongoing talks on reducing military tension at the South-North Korean summit", Chung said.

The president, who has been exchanging letters and Twitter messages with Kim about a potential denuclearization deal, made the remarks as he traveled to a campaign event in Fargo, North Dakota.

And Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un vowed he wants to give up nuclear weapons by the end of Donald Trump's first term, offering a potential timeline for denuclearization, a top South Korean official said after visiting Pyongyang.

U.S. officials have insisted that a peace declaration, which many see as a precursor to the North eventually calling for the removal of all United States troops from the Korean Peninsula, can not come before North Korea takes more concrete action toward abandoning its nuclear weapons.

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