North's media say Kim vows nuclear-free Korea amid standoff

This would be the third meeting this year between the two leaders.

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un says he wants to finalize the road map to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula by the end of President Trump's first term.

The summit dates were finalised during Chung's Wednesday visit to Pyongyang, where he met Kim and handed over a personal letter from Moon.

The talks came ahead of a summit between the leaders of North and South Korea later this month in Pyongyang.

Leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to meet on September 18 to discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation.

Talks between North and South Korea, however, have continued ever since the first Kim-Moon meeting in April.

The decision marked a rare note of skepticism from Trump, who proclaimed after his meeting in Singapore with Kim in mid-June that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat".

He said Kim emphasized that he has not once talked negatively about Trump to anyone, including his closest advisers.

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North Korea has accused the United States of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands for denuclearisation and holding back on the end-of-war declaration. Seoul has indicated an interest in Kim and Trump meeting in NY, and Trump, who is facing growing domestic turmoil, has hinted that another summit could happen.

Stephen Biegun, newly-appointed United States envoy for the North, said last month Kim had promised "final, fully verified denuclearisation" at the Singapore summit.

Mr. Kim said he'd take "more active" measures toward denuclearisation if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Mr. Chung said. But we have to pay close attention to what kind of agreement the USA and North Korea are going to make to achieve denuclearization.

"The North and the South should further their efforts to realise the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", state news agency KCNA quoted him as saying.

"But the work of convincing Chairman Kim to make the strategic shift which we talked about, for a brighter future for the people of North Korea, continues", Pompeo added.

Kim also cited the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and Dongchang-ri missile launch facility as evidence of his commitment to end nuclear testing permanently, Chung said, The Washington Post reported.

But American officials and conservatives in the South are concerned such a declaration would weaken the US-South Korea alliance and deprive the 28,000 US forces stationed on the peninsula of their deployment rationale.

US officials also say they have already made concessions, such as halting joint military exercises with South Korea. Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies said Kim sees the U.S. agreeing to a formal end to the war as a "litmus test" to determine whether Washington is honest in moving forward. "Kim is trying to prove his sincerity".

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