North Korea agrees to close missile site

North Korea pledges to close down key missile test site

However, while containing several tantalizing offers, it appears to fall short of the major steps many in Washington had been looking for - such as a commitment by Pyongyang to provide a list of the North's nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step time line or an agreement to allow worldwide inspectors in to assess progress or discover contraventions.

The United States is ready to restart negotiations with North Korea "immediately", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday (Sept 19), with the aim of completing North Korea's denuclearisation by January 2021.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to hold a second summit meeting with President Trump soon to speed up the denuclearization process, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.

"A peace treaty would be sealed, as well as normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations, after the North achieves complete denuclearization". It is a very meaningful outcome.

The U.S. and South Korean leaders plan to meet in New York City next week during the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in with their respective wives at the summit of Mount Paektu. "I'm calm. So we'll see what happens", he said.

Some US officials were deeply skeptical.

"We should write another chapter of history between the North and the South by reflecting our new history on this Heaven Lake".

The two leaders also released a joint declaration, promising to pursue peace, establish new communication channels and develop new economic ties - including railway and roads, and a special tourism zone.

On the other side of the globe, the Trump administration would do well to follow Moon's lead and reject the dangerously dramatic "last change" rhetoric we hear from creatures of the Washington establishment, like Sen.

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"Everything that's out there now is conditional on United States actions that would reduce the pressure on the North to cooperate or (is) filled with loopholes and exit ramps", added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Before this year, two South Korean presidents had visited Pyongyang, hosted by the late Kim Jong Il in 2000 and 2007.

In light of those reports, experts have warned the United States not to grant North Korea premature concessions.

"Such measures should be taken in a balanced manner between North Korea and the United States", he said. On Thursday, Moon announced the two Koreas wish to make a declaration formally concluding the 1950-53 conflict by the end of 2018. This means negotiations from this point can only make South Korea (and her ally, America) more secure.

"But in the meantime, we're talking".

With that the North Korean leader hinted at a possible visit to the South Korean capital.

Moon, who was the handmaiden of the Kim-Trump dialogue back in the spring, was under considerable pressure this week to extract concessions from Kim that could sustain the rapprochement between Washington and Pyongyang.

The volcano topped with a deep crater lake is at the heart of North Korea's foundation mythology and used to legitimize the Kim family's dynastic rule.

"I have a dream that I have not been able to fulfil for a long time, which is trekking Mount Paektu and the Kaema Plateau [in North Korea]", Moon said during a banquet after his first summit with Kim in April, which took place at the demilitarised zone separating the two neighbours. A longer route to peace is not ideal, but as long as North and South Korea stay friendly, nuclear warheads won't fly.

Washington has demanded concrete action, such as a full disclosure of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, before agreeing to Pyongyang's key goals, including an easing of worldwide sanctions and an official end to the Korean War.

Moon says such steps, combined with North Korea's unilateral but unverified dismantling of a nuclear testing ground earlier this year, would prevent the North from advancing its weaponry through further nuclear and missile tests. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, who tweeted that he was concerned the visit would undermine efforts by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to impose "maximum pressure" on the North.

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