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Peace talks commence on Korean peninsula

07 October 2018

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said the visit is an opportunity to strengthen "reconciliation, cooperation and peace" between the rivals. I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

Both Pompeo and Trump spoke about a second North Korean summit in positive terms last week in NY, while attending the United Nations General Assembly.

The Thursday trip is made shortly after the visit of the 200-member South Korean delegation that accompanied South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Pyongyang last month.

Refusing to say that talks with North Korea has been stalled, she said "the secretary and the president said we're not going to set arbitrary deadlines in the interim".

Nauert said Trump's effusive comments were a positive sign for diplomacy.

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Analysts speculated the US and North Korea may already have reached a consensus to some extent over denuclearization methods and a declaration ending the war.

The Trump administration faces congressional skepticism, even among allies of the president, about North Korea's willingness to give up its nuclear weapons because it has yet to take irreversible actions toward that end.

Following the initial announcement, Trump said the summit will happen "fairly quickly" and showed reporters a new missive he had received from Kim, describing it as an "extraordinary letter". "But it's a good first step", said Joel Wit, a senior Fellow at the Stimson Center who was involved in past negotiations with the North Koreans while working at the State Department.

National Foundation Day, also known as gaecheonjeol, is celebrated on October 3 in both the South and North to mark the establishment of the first Korean kingdom, Gojoseon, in 2333 B.C. The holiday is considered the founding date of the Korean race. On Monday, he will travel to Beijing, where he is to meet with his Chinese counterparts.

During their Pyongyang summit, Kim and Moon said they agreed to reduce the conventional military threat between them and hold another summit in Seoul, potentially within the year.

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Since then, North Korea has suspended missile testing and has taken some steps to dismantle facilities associated with its nuclear program, but it has not halted weapons development.

On Tuesday, North Korea's state-run broadcaster again called the demands for a nuclear inventory "rubbish".

Citing his exchange of fiery rhetoric with Kim a year ago, Trump also said the two were being "tough" over the North's testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S.

Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Kuk received him at Pyongyang's airport.

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Peace talks commence on Korean peninsula