North Korea: President Moon to meet Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang

Charlene Craig
August 16, 2018

If Moon visits Pyongyang around the DPRK's National Day on September 9, it would be a dramatic event as September 9 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state. On Monday, Harry Harris, the new USA ambassador to Seoul, said that it was too early to declare a formal end to the war or to lift sanctions.

Players from South Korea (R) and North Korea (L) pose for a photo session before the inter-Korean workers' football match in Seoul on August 11, 2018. But the two Koreas appear to be making more progress in their gradual rapprochement - even if the issue of North Korea's denuclearization remains far from clear.

The exact date of the meeting has not been announced.

And in Iran, another state confronting the USA over nuclear armament, the North's foreign minister publicly threatened to preserve its nuclear capacity. "The two Koreas are more in stride, and the process has "taken" better". The document called for "establishing a permanent and peaceful Korean Peninsula peace regime" and "complete denuclearization". At the leaders' first meeting in April, at the border village of Panmunjom, Mr Moon agreed to visit Pyongyang this autumn. "It is because of America's sanctions and the South's unfair participation in them".

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Officials from both sides meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, reached an agreement on a September summit between the countries leaders in the North's capital of Pyongyang.

It's a hint. that in Monday's talks.

"We explained that we need to help North Korea-US talks progress quickly and that there needs to be an establishment of dynamic where the inter-Korean relationship and the North Korea-US relationship improves in cycles", Cho said, according to CNN.

Today's meeting seems like a big step in the right direction, . but just a day before the talks, .

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The overture culminated in a historic summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in June, where they signed a vague agreement for the North to rid itself of its nuclear arsenal.

Last week, North Korea's Foreign Ministry also criticized "high-level officials" within the United States administration for insisting that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons before sanctions are eased, and for making "desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".

"It's business as usual", the official said, showing Kim may be going against the promises he made in recent months.

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