Kim aims for denuclearisation within Trump's first term

Published: September 06, 2018 21:35:10 | Updated: September 11, 2018 21:27:12

Chief of the national security office at Seoul's presidential Blue House Chung Eui-yong holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday — Reuters

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has given his first time line to achieve denuclearization, aiming for the end of US President Donald Trump's first term, and has agreed to a third summit with his South Korean counterpart, Seoul officials said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20 and discuss "practical measures" toward denuclearization, Moon's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said a day after meeting Kim.

The summit could provide renewed momentum to talks over denuclearization between North Korea and the United States, after Trump canceled a visit to Pyongyang by his secretary of state last month citing lack of progress.

Kim told South Korean officials his faith in Trump was "unchanged" and that he wanted denuclearisation and an end to hostile relations with the United States before Trump's first term in office ends in early 2021, Chung said.

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