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North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Wants To Denuclearise During Trump's First Term, Says Seoul

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| September 6 , 2018 , 12:11 IST

In a first, North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un has given a timeline for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Seoul officials said on Thursday, quoting Kim as saying that he wants to denuclearise during the first term of US President Donald Trump, which comes to an end in 2021.

Pressure from the United States, in the form of stringent sanctions imposed by President Trump is considered to be one of the leading reasons why North Korea stopped its nuclear tests.

Kim also agreed to hold a third summit with his South Korean counterpart President Moon Jae-In, which will be held in North Korea's capital Pyongyang on September 18-20. During the summit, they will discuss “practical measures” toward denuclearization, the South’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong said a day after meeting Kim in Pyongyang.

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As per Chung, Kim told the South Korean officials that his faith in Trump remains "unchanged" and he wants to denuclearise and end the long-standing hostile relations between North Korea and the United States during Trump’s first term ending early 2021.

Kim “reaffirmed his determination to completely denuclearize” the peninsula, and expressed willingness for close cooperation with South Korea and the United States in that regard, Chung said.

“Chairman Kim ... expressed frustration over the doubt shown by some parts of the international society about his will,” Chung said.

“North Korea has been preemptively carrying out measures needed for denuclearization, and Kim said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith,” he said.

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“If reciprocation is shown for North Korea’s preemptive measures that have already been completed, he strongly expressed his will that more active measures for North Korea’s denuclearization can be taken,” Chung said.

South Korean President Moon had sent Chung along with other envoys to the North Korean capital on Wednesday to finalise the timing and agenda for the 3rd inter-Korean summit this year and to break the impasse between US and North Korea over the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme.

Negotiations had been stalled over differences on how to implement the denuclearisation agreement, with signs of North Korea continuing its nuclear programme and Trump abruptly cancelling U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned visit to Pyongyang last month, citing a lack of progress in the talks.