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Moon Jae-in lands in North Korea with agenda - ‘irreversible, permanent peace’

20 September 2018

Moon has said the reconnection of railroads and roads is the beginning of mutual prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, and he intends to play an active role in moving the denuclearization progress forward by visiting Pyongyang later this month to hold another summit with Kim. Moon landed in Pyongyang for his third summit this year with Kim.

Economic co-operation between North and South is nothing new.

In order to get U.S. While Washington insists Pyongyang commits to denuclearization first, the Kim regime wants the removal of sanctions and a peace agreement with the South to end the Korean War.

North Korea has long maintained that its nuclear program is aimed at coping with what it calls USA military threats.

Moon and his entourage were welcomed by reporters, members of the North Korean military, a military band, and North Koreans wearing suits, hanboks (traditional clothes), and holding North Korean and unified peninsula flags, as well as flowers. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation on Monday of "cheating" on U.N. sanctions on North Korea. But in August, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the US had no future plans to end the joint military drills.

Rarely do the North Korean official media even mention the word denuclearization.

He said that if that happens, coupled with a potential midterm election defeat for U.S. Republicans, "that would be disastrous".

Trump delayed a visit to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in August, "because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Trump tweeted.

"There is a direct relationship between the economic situation and the public support of administration's policy towards North Korea", said Shin Beom-chul, Director at Center for Security and Unification at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

"Unsurprisingly, therefore, we insisted on having our position reflected in the document", he said, and a compromise on the report was reached among all 15 council members - including the "American delegation" and USA "experts".

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The next day, Trump praised Kim on Twitter, and the White House said a second face-to-face meeting between Trump and Kim was in the works.

It has unanimously imposed increasingly tough sanctions on Pyongyang that have cut off all North Korean exports, 90 percent of its trade, and disbanded its pool of workers send overseas to earn hard currency. The US has also been pushing other countries to observe sanctions against North Korea regarding funding for its nuclear missiles programme. "Beyond the nuclear issue, the two Koreas have their own vast, multifaceted agenda".

Standing in the way of a peace treaty are both Koreas' constitutions, which would have to be changed because each claims sovereignty over the entire Korean Peninsula.

The sharp disagreement marked a rare break in what has been a united response by the U.N.'s most powerful body to North Korea's escalating nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

"Our shoulders are heavy, but I think a meeting will go well as we have built up trust and friendship", he told Kim.

They are: Lee Hae-chan, leader of the ruling Democratic Party; Chung Dong-young, leader of the minor opposition Party for Democracy and Peace; Lee Jeong-mi, leader of the liberal-leaning Justice Party and Rep. Park Jie-won of the Party for Democracy and Peace.

North Korea's ceremonial guards honored the South's delegation.

Though reunification may be out of reach, the importance of other forms of North and South Korean reconciliation, including re-establishing communications, can not be overstated, Lee said.

"There has to be a dramatic agreement to bridge the gap, such as the declaration of the end of the war by the US, and the North making some substantial steps in their nuclear disarmament", Tim Shorrock, a commentator on USA foreign policy, told UPI.

Moon Jae-in lands in North Korea with agenda - ‘irreversible, permanent peace’