North Korea’s Kim says wants to denuclearize in Trump’s first term: Seoul
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants to realize denuclearization during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term – giving a timeline for the first time – and has agreed to a third summit with his South Korean counterpart, Seoul officials said.
Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20 and will discuss “practical measures” toward denuclearization, Moon’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said on Thursday after meeting Kim a day earlier.
The summit could in turn provide renewed momentum to talks over denuclearization between North Korea and the United States, after Trump canceled a visit to the North by his secretary of state last month citing a lack of progress.
Kim told South Korean officials his faith in Trump was “unchanged” and he wanted denuclearization and an end to hostile relations with the United States within Trump’s first term in office, ending in early 2021, Chung said.
The remarks represent Kim’s first timeline for dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korea has said in previous, failed talks over the years that it could consider giving up its nuclear program if the United States provided security guarantees by removing its troops from South Korea and withdrawing its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.