US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in held to address proposals for restarting discussions between the US and North Korea, as Seoul’s spy organization said negotiations could take position in two to three weeks ‘ time.
Since an unsuccessful second meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February, negotiations targeted at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs have stopped. Pyongyang said he was prepared to resume early September working-level discussions, but no deadline or place was established.
Mr Trump and Mr Moon discussed ways of achieving practical results in the job-level talks between the US and North Korea, Mr Moon’s office said, while Mr Trump expressed confidence that Mr Kim will fulfill the commitments made during the two summits, according to a statement from the White House.
“There’s been no nuclear testing at all,” Trump told reporters as he met Moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“And the relationships have been very good. … We want to see if we can do something. If we can, that’ll be great. And if we can’t, that’s fine, we’ll see what happens.”
Mr Moon said he hoped that work-level negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea would be held in the near future to prepare for another summit, but Mr Trump said he wanted to know what would result from a third summit with Mr Kim before agreeing to hold it.
“Right now, people would like to see that happen. I want to know what’s going to be coming out of it. We can know a lot before the summit takes place,” Mr Trump said.
South Korean lawmakers in Seoul briefed on Tuesday by a spy organization said Pyongyang and Washington could start discussions at the work-level within two to three weeks.
If both parties make progress, President Trump and Kim could encounter again for a meeting before which Mr Kim could travel China with President Xi Jinping for a third meeting, the lawmakers told journalists after a National Intelligence Service meeting.
During their conference, Mr Trump and Mr Moon reaffirmed their prior commitment not to use power against North Korea and, if North Korea denuclearizes, to provide the nation with a prosperous opportunity, a leading representative at the national Blue House in South Korea said.
“However, there was no mention of a new method” of approach on North Korea’s denuclearize during their meeting, while they talked about how sanctions must be maintained”, the senior official said.
North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, accepted Mr Trump’s proposal of a “fresh approach” in discussions on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programs last week, stating he wished to be “hopeful” with the “correct calculation technique” being presented by the United States.