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North Korea, US in talks for 3rd Trump-Kim summit, Seoul says



North Korean and U.S. Pat. Donald Trump and North Korea Leader Kim Jong Uniting the World's Leading Nuclear Arsenal, South Korea's President said four months after a second meeting between the two leaders in Hanoi collapsed without any agreement.

There have been no public meetings between Washington and Pyongyang since the breakdown of the Hanoi summit. But the prospects for a resumption of U.S.-North Korea diploma have been brightened since Trump and Kim recently exchanged personal letters. Trump called Kim's letter "beautiful" while Kim described Trump's as "excellent," although the contents of their letters have not been published.

 FILE: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Unloads a Letter from U.S. President Donald Trump.

FILE: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Unloads a Letter from U.S. President Donald Trump.
       (Korean News Agency via AP)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that Trump's and Kim's "willingness to engage

Moon, a Liberal who met Kim three times last year, has made a dialogue with the North as a way to for peace on the Korean Peninsula a centerpiece of his presidency. He has played a central role in facilitating US-North Korean negotiations, even though those efforts have been overshadowed by the Trump-Kim talks that he helped broker.

Moon said he does not see the Hanoi summit as a failure , He said the meeting served as a chance for both Washington and Pyongyang to better understand each other's positions and to "put everything they want on the negotiating table."

"The success of denuclearization and the peace process on the Korean Peninsula can not Hanoi wants to form the basis for future talks.

Despite the deadlocked nuclear negotiations, both Trump and Kim have described their personal relationship as good. When asked whether Kim's recent letter included a mention of another summit, Trump said, "May be there."

"But we know, at some point, we'll do that," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. "Getting along very well."

In another reminder of North Korea's continued mistrust of the United States, its foreign ministry said earlier Wednesday it will not surrender to US-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to "bring us to our knees."

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Kim has said the North would seek a "new way" if the United States persists with sanctions and pressure. Following his setback in Hanoi, Kim traveled to the Russian Far East in April for his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kim Chinese host Xi Jinping hosted the Pyongyang last week for their fifth summit since March last year, and experts say the North is out of its bounds with the Trump administration.

Moon said he views the North's The Chinese Peninsula issue, "he said.

" China and Russia have continued to peacefully defend the Korean Peninsula issue. "

Moon did not elaborate whether US and North Korean officials had face-to-face meetings and if so where they took place. Kim-Trump summit.

Trump's top envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is on to visit South Korea on Thursday, and some experts said he was interlocutors or how close they were North Korean officials at a Korean border village. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the U.S. North Korea's "at a moment's notice."

Washington and Pyongyang can come to an agreement that will satisfy both sides , The Hanoi summit fell apart after Trump rejected Kim's calls for major sanctions relief in return for dismantling his main nuclear complex, something that officials see a partial denuclearization step.

 FILE: U.S. Pat. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong take a walk after their first meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropolis Hanoi hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

FILE: U.S. Pat. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong take a walk after their first meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropolis Hanoi hotel, in Hanoi, Vietnam.
       (AP)

Kim has been fired by the end of this December. U.S. North Korea would take significant steps towards nuclear disarmament.

North Korea has long been bristled at the significant U. military presence in South Korea, and wants assurances it will not be targeted by the U.S. and South Korea.

In his written replies, Kim said he was "flexible yet resolute person" during their talks. He said he believes that Kim's "unequivocal resolve to move from the past to the future".

The South Korean leader repeated that with South Korea's military alliance with the US

Separately from the unofficial Washington-Pyongyang talks, Moon said the two Koreas have been holding dialogue via unspecified "diverse channels" and again that he's ready to meet Kim again at any place and time.

"It depends on Chairman Kim Jong Un," Moon wrote. Kim in person at any given moment without being restrained by time, place or formalities. "

Last year saw a flurry of inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation programs between the Koreas, which have been split along the world's most fortified border since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. But North Korea has significantly reduced its dialogue and engagement with South Korea since the end of the Hanoi Summit.

South Korea is now proceeding with a search of Korean war dead at the border Korea. North Korea has also ignored South Korean proposals for joint efforts to break the highly contagious African issue.

Moon, who has stressed that South Korea should be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with North Korea, reiterated that the resumption of inter-Korean economic projects currently held back by the UN sanctions would help induce further denuclearization steps from the North. Following the Hanoi summit, Moon said it would "consult" with Washington on resuming operations at an inter-Korean factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong and restarting South Korean Diamond Mountain Resort.

While The Korean report said that the resumption of the joint Korean-Korean projects would be "related" to the larger nuclear negotiations.

"History has shown That North Korean nuclear threats diminish when inter-Korean relations are good, "Moon wrote.

He said that the dismantling of the Yongbyon nuclear complex, which Kim offered in Hanoi, could mean that the North's denuclearization process has entered" at irreversible stage "if it's completely demolished and verified. He said "substantive process" in U.S. North Korea diplomacy could also help the international community seek a partial or gradual easing of the U.N. sanctions.

Yongbyon has facilities to produce both plutonium and highly enriched uranium, two key nuclear ingredients. North Korea has called the complex "the heart" of its nuclear program, while many outside experts say it's at the North Korea's facility for additional multiple secret uranium enrichment facilities.

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GET THE FOX NEWS APP [19659006] "Chairman Kim should have joined the path toward that goal in a way that sustains his commitment to nuclear dismantlement," Moon wrote. Washington and Seoul were able to make diplomatic resolutions, "Chairman Kim can decisively act on nuclear dismantlement without worries is the fastest way to achieve denuclearization."


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