KIM COMMITS: North Korean Leader Says He's 'UNEQUIVOCALLY COMMITTED' to Denuclearization

Kim Jong Un left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the North and South

North Korea, which says its nuclear program is aimed at countering USA military threats, has demanded the United States jointly declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which was halted by an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Mr Trump last month ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel a planned trip to Pyongyang saying there was not enough progress in denuclearisation talks. We will get it done together!,' Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

Chung said that Kim's faith in U.S. President Donald Trump is unchanged since their summit in Singapore on June 12.

"Kim also made it clear that he needs some kind of proof Trump has abandoned the U.S.'s hostile policy before moving toward denuclearization".

Chung also revealed that Kim had expressed exasperation at the global community's doubt over his intentions and its assessment of the steps North Korea had taken.

China was irritated by Mr Kim's intensifying of his country's nuclear and missile development programmes that led to tensions in North-east Asia and with the US.

The inter-Korean summit would come just before a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in NY at the end of September, but Seoul said Thursday that it was unlikely Kim would attend.

The phrase "complete denuclearization" - a term long preferred by North Korea - could be read to preclude nuclear-capable US bombers and submarines from operating near South Korea.

After three intercontinental ballistic missile launches and a powerful nuclear test past year, Kim said his country had finally gained the ability to attack the entire USA mainland with nuclear missiles. He said Kim confirmed his commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea and Trump has said in the past it should consider reducing the number unless Seoul shoulders more of the cost.

Mr. Kim committed to denuclearization at the summit and there were early signs of progress in thawing the 65-year-old standoff, including North Korea releasing three USA citizens held in prison camps and returning the remains of 55 US soldiers killed in the Korean War.

The two past inter-Korean summits, in April and May, removed fears of war and paved way for the meeting between Kim and Trump in June.

Earlier on Friday, generals from the United States and North Korea met at the Korean border to discuss the recovery of the remains of USA service members killed in the Korean War, a senior US official said.

Chung said Kim had stressed the need for the United States to reciprocate North Korea's initial moves, which have included dismantling a nuclear test site and a missile engine facility.

And, speaking earlier Thursday in India, Pompeo said an "enormous amount of work" remains.

He was expected to brief his American counterpart, National Security Adviser John Bolton, at 8 p.m. Seoul time, Moon's office said.

North Korea said the request to circulate the document to the 193 United Nations member states "shows full determination of North and South Korea to keep advancing the North-South ties without deviation" and to demonstrate that they "have entered definitely the new orbit of peace, the orbit of reconciliation and co-operation". But negotiations have made little progress, while signs North Korea has maintained work on its weapons have emerged.

According to South Korea's National Election Survey Deliberation Commission, Moon's approval rating now stands at 49 percent, local newspaper Hankyoreh reported.

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