Moon names chief security adviser as special envoy to N. Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

KCNA said Kim and the South Korean envoys reached a "satisfactory agreement" over his planned summit with Moon.

Moon is playing a delicate balancing act: trying to improve relations with the North while not getting too far ahead of Washington, whose parallel peace process with Pyongyang is faltering.

Seoul will continue to push for a joint declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War this year with the United States, Chung told reporters.

Senior U.S. administration officials are believed to be very reluctant to take such a step unless they see concrete action from Pyongyang in dismantling at least part of its nuclear arsenal.

Kim added that the war-ending declaration, however, can be easily adopted as long as the related parties have the political will, and it would be reasonable for them to do so to put an end to the state of war. It plans to hold a briefing on the visit on Thursday.

Declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which was stopped with an armistice that left the Korean Peninsula still technically at war, has been a major point of contention between Washington and Pyongyang and will nearly certainly be discussed by Moon and Kim during their summit.

Trump expressed his honest wish that the upcoming inter-Korean summit would bear a good result to enhance ties between the two Koreas, implement the agreements reached at the June 12 DPRK-U.S. summit in Singapore, and help future dialogues. Post-summit nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang were rocky and quickly settled into a stalemate.

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During their first trip to North Korea from March 5-6, the South Korean delegates met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"If needed, we should pull forward the negotiations for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with the development in relations between the South and North", Chung said.

A veteran North Korean official who was sanctioned for his suspected role in development of the country's nuclear and missile technology has died, the North announced on Tuesday (Sept 4). The resumption of U.S.

The main objective of the visit would be to fix a date for the next Kim-Moon summit, scheduled for September in Pyongyang.

Moon and Trump agreed in their call "to explore the idea of meeting in person on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly and having in-depth consultations on strategies and how to cooperate on the peninsula issues", Moon's office said in a statement. But Moon faces tougher challenges heading into his third meeting with Kim with the stalemate in nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington raising fundamental questions about Kim's supposed willingness to abandon his nuclear weapons.

Moon's nightmare may be a return to 2017, when animosity created by the North's barrage of nuclear and missile tests and Trump's responding belligerent tweets raised war fears among South Koreans.

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