Kim Jong Un wants 2nd meeting with Donald Trump, South Korea says

Places Moon visited are glimpses into North Korea itself

Moon, a keen mountain climber, has repeatedly said he would love to visit Mt. Baekdu through North Korea and told Kim so during his April summit with Kim.

Talks between the USA and North Korea have stalled in recent weeks after President Trump became uncertain that Kim was following through with pledges made at their Singapore summit in June.

"The first meeting between Kim Jong Un and Trump yielded a rather general agreement, but now Kim seems to have more concrete idea about what he wants to exchange with Trump", he said.

Kim vowed to move toward denuclearization if the United States takes steps of its own.

In his statement on Wednesday, Pompeo said commitments made at a summit between the leaders of North and South Korea were positive enough that the U.S.

At a performance of the North's spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda display, Moon made an unprecedented address by a South Korean leader to a Northern crowd, telling them that Koreans had lived together for 5,000 years.

"We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat", Kim said as he stood by Moon's side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying.

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The war ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, meaning US-led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North.

A big part of any negotiation to end the war would be the status of the thousands of United States troops stationed in South Korea as part of the two countries' alliance.

The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, standing on the peak of a lovely volcano considered sacred in the North and a centerpiece of propaganda used to legitimize the Kim family's rule, their hands clasped and raised in a pose of triumph. "He expressed his intention to complete the denuclearization process as soon as possible and shift his focus to economic development".

Moon said Kim was also open to the inspection of a nuclear test site in the northwest town of Punggye-ri, which he called the North's sole existing facility for underground detonations.

Mr. Trump said they would wait and see what North Korea does next.

Yoon said Kim Jong-un gave two tons of pine mushrooms to Moon as a gift, and that the present arrived at Seoul Air Base on Thursday before the president touched down. Kim say Mount Paektu has become a "subject of yearning" for South Koreans and Koreans living overseas.

Photos showed the leaders smiling broadly as they posed at the summit of Paektu, their wives grinning at their sides, a brilliant blue sky and the deep crater lake that tops the volcano in the background.

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Although Mount Paektu straddles the North Korea-China border and can be reached from China, where it is known as Changbai Mountain, Moon has never visited.

A former human rights lawyer, he said in a 2017 book published months before his election as president that he wanted to "finish his life" in his mother's North Korean hometown doing pro-bono service.

Mount Paektu holds great cultural significance for both Koreas because it is considered the mythical birthplace of the Korean people. Not everyone was pleased, though.

The leaders are basking in the glow of the joint statement they signed Wednesday.

However, North Korea may not be satisfied with a declaration-for-declaration formula, "because North Korea is fully aware of the time constraint and the changing political situation in the United States".

However, while containing several tantalizing offers, it appears to fall short of the major steps many in Washington had been looking for - such as a commitment by Pyongyang to provide a list of the North's nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step time line or an agreement to allow worldwide inspectors in to assess progress or discover contraventions. It is a very meaningful outcome.

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