Pompeo sets goal for complete denuclearization in North Korea by 2021

21 September, 2018, 08:47 | Author: Jason Torres
  • North Korea pledges to close down key missile test site

The declaration, published by South Korea's presidential office, states that Seoul and Pyongyang share the view that the Korean Peninsula "must be turned into a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threats, and that substantial progress toward this end must be made in a prompt manner".

He also says the Trump administration had invited North Korean officials to meet in Austria with the new USA special envoy for North Korea "at the earliest opportunity".

Trump said a recent letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed the positive track, which he said has seen the hardline communist country promise to halt its nuclear missile test program and mount a combined bid with South Korea for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also praised the "important commitments", saying he invited his North Korean counterpart to talk next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, and representatives of both sides to meet "at the earliest opportunity" in Vienna - home of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

But while Moon's warm reception in the North Korean capital and smiling photo opportunities have already been considered a diplomatic victory, a number of worldwide policy experts are still uncertain as to whether facility shutdowns in Yongbyon will actually cease all nuclear production, with the Times noting that some foreign analysts suspect that Kim has other nuclear programs operating in secret.

The war ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, meaning USA -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North.

According to reports, the Trump administration has insisted that North Korea take a unilateral, complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, known as CVID.

The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions.

At the summit, South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo and First Vice Minister of People's Armed Forces of North Korea No Kwang Chul signed a comprehensive military agreement to halt military exercises along the military demarcation line by November 1 and remove 11 guard posts in the DMZ by year's end.

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"The North Koreans have always held out launches as their right as a sovereign nation".

"Chairman Kim expressed his wish that he wanted to complete denuclearisation quickly and focus on economic development", Moon told a news conference in Seoul, shortly after returning from the summit with Kim in Pyongyang.

The United States wants to see the North take concrete steps toward denuclearization before there's any such declaration, which wouldn't be a legally binding peace treaty but could make it easier for North Korea to steer the discussions toward a peace regime and security concessions.

A stone marker commemorating South Korean President Moon Jae-in's visit to Pyongyang has the wrong dates carved on it. "We have lived together for 5,000 years and lived in separation for 70 years".

"We're making tremendous progress with respect to North Korea".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has delivered a speech to a massive North Korean crowd gathered for mass games, calling for the rival Koreas to end seven decades of hostility and build a future of peace and prosperity.

North Korea now faces worldwide sanctions that limit nearly all of its exports and strongly limit imports from its few trading partners.

"I have a dream that I have not been able to fulfil for a long time, which is trekking Mount Paektu", Moon said at the time.

Historians say the 5,000-year timeline of Korean history is a groundless claim that became part of South Korea's official narrative after being inserted in school textbooks during the rule of former dictator Chun Doo-hwan. "Many, particularly in Seoul, are advocating relief or release from sanctions".

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