Diplomacy for North Korea

Moon and KimMeeting with a South Korean delegation in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 6, 2018 — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declares he “still has faith in U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to ending their nations’ hostile relations…”

Kim’s mindset is for North Korea and the U.S. to move forward with efforts to resolve a nuclear standoff that just a year ago many feared could lead to war.

President Trump claims that Kim will really dismantle his nuclear weapons program, even though recent satellite photos have indicated Kim’s weapons factories were still operating to produce fissile materials to make nuclear weapons.

Chairman Kim also said an end-of-war declaration that Seoul and Pyongyang have been pushing Washington to sign off on wouldn’t weaken the U.S.-South Korean alliance.

President Moon is seen as eager to keep the diplomacy alive in part so that he can advance his ambitious engagement plans with the North, which would need U.S. backing to succeed.

Seoul and Pyongyang both want a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice.

After their June summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim issued a vague statement about a nuclear-free peninsula without describing when and how it would occur.

In India, Pompeo declined to talk about what he described as “ongoing negotiations” with the North Koreans.

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