Korean delegation embarks on Pyongyang trip for summit anniversary

Korean delegation embarks on Pyongyang trip for summit anniversary

Speaking before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in NY recently, Trump announced that himself and Kim will hold a second summit "in the not too distant future".

Speaking before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in NY recently, Trump announced that himself and Kim will hold a second summit "in the not too distant future". This falls in line with estimates made by various other nations, including the United States, but the South Koreans have been reluctant to comment on the size of the North's nuclear arsenal.

"We're not playing the time game", Trump told reporters September 26.

More than 160 South Koreans headed to Pyongyang Thursday to attend a ceremony to mark the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit.

The top USA diplomat had announced last week that he was ready to return to North Korea after meeting the hardline communist state's foreign minister on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

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North Korea is clear to make sure that the United States understands that these feelings are very reciprocal.

Earlier that day, North Korea's Ri struck a different tone, telling the United Nations that continued US sanctions were deepening Pyongyang's mistrust in the United States and there was no way the country would disarm unilaterally under such circumstances.

Pompeo on Sunday is scheduled to make his fourth visit to Pyongyang since spring.

The Trump administration faces congressional skepticism, even among allies of the president, about North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear weapons because it has yet to take irreversible actions toward that end. "In Seoul, October 7-8, the Secretary will meet with President Moon Jae-in, and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha", said adding that in Beijing, October 8, he will meet with his Chinese counterparts to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues.

At the time, it appeared that meant a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, as a signal that hostilities between the two countries were over.

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North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun called the sanctions "rude" in light of its conciliatory measures. In recent weeks, North Korea has demanded nearly daily that the United States sign an end-of-war declaration.

A senior Blue House official, requesting anonymity to discuss sensitive issues, told reporters Wednesday that Seoul had initially thought that a Trump-Kim summit might happen after the November 6 US midterm elections, but the fact that Pompeo is visiting Pyongyang sooner than expected "sends a positive signal" that it might take place earlier.

Whether Seoul can persuade Washington to take up the proposed bargain remains to be seen.

Pompeo has refused to comment on the declaration option.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Pennington of The Associated Press; and by John Hudson of The Washington Post.

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