Kim Declares His ‘Faith’ in Trump, Who Offers an Enthusiastic Thanks

After the publication of a scathingly critical essay purportedly from an anonymous senior administration official President Donald Trump used a series of morning tweets to defend his leadership citing strong economic data and praise from North Korean

The leaders of the two Koreas will hold a summit in Pyongyang in September, Seoul said Thursday, as Kim Jong Un renewed his commitment to the denuclearisation of the flashpoint peninsula.

South Korean national security advisor Chung Eui-yong, who met with Kim, said the North Korean leader also emphasized that his "trust in Trump remains unchanged", the comment which led to the USA president's tweet.

Last month, Trump cancelled a planned trip by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang. On Thursday, Trump thanked Kim on Twitter for expressing "unwavering faith in President Trump" and added: "We will get it done together!"

"He said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith", Chung said.

Chung quoted Kim as saying that two-thirds of each tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear weapons testing site had collapsed, rendering the tunnels permanently unusable.

The North Korean leader reportedly told the visiting South Korean delegation, led by President Moon Jae-in's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, he was prepared to accept "stronger measures" to curtail his nuclear weapons program and looked forward to declaring the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

US officials have said such a declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearisation, and create uncertainty about the goal of 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war.

North Korean girls stand at attention at the end of a performance of the "Arirang" mass games at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. The parade at a Pyongyang train station plaza drew Soviet generals and about 20,000 North Korean soldiers wearing Soviet-style insignia.

While Mr Li is a senior official, he is not the chief person in charge of foreign affairs nor is he involved in foreign policy making, so he and Mr Kim could avoid the nuclear issue, said Professor Shi Yinhong of Renmin University.

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The main objective of the visit would be to fix a date for the next Kim-Moon summit, scheduled for September in Pyongyang. Post-summit nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang were rocky and quickly settled into a stalemate.

Kim will not be able to attend a forum in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok next week but will send a delegation of North Korean officials, Matvienko said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also agreed to meet Kim in the North Korean capital on September 18-20, the first such trip in 11 years.

"But the work of convincing Chairman Kim to make this strategic shift that we've talked about for a brighter future for the people of North Korea continues", Pompeo said.

North Korea "is the only country that has commitments under UN Security Council resolutions", he told reporters.

Chung, whose official title is presidential national security director, spoke with his US counterpart, John Bolton, on the phone on Thursday about his trip to North Korea.

The agreement, they say, was effectively voided by the Japanese side as a result of its subsequent actions such as restarting sanctions in response to North Korea's continued nuclear and missile tests.

FILE - In this July 22, 2013, file photo, performers dance in front of portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea.

It is literally the embodiment of socialist ideals - North Korea's most ubiquitous slogan, seen in posters and beaming from neon signs from atop tall buildings, is "Single-minded Unity". The display of such sophisticated missiles shows Kim is confident about his military's strength, or he may be trying to use them as leverage in negotiations with the United States, experts say.

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