Moon says North Korea means to abolish all nuclear weapons

By damilola.celine

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un means to abolish all nuclear weapons, materials and facilities to achieve “complete” denuclearisation, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Friday.

Moon also said the North and the U.S. are in working-level discussions to arrange a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump as soon as the U.S. midterm elections are over, according to a script of Moon’s interview with BBC shared by his office.

After his third summit in Pyongyang in September with Kim, Moon said the North was ready to invite international experts to watch the dismantling of a key missile site and would close the main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took reciprocal actions.

In the BBC interview, Moon said the actions could include opening of a U.S. liaison office in North Korea, humanitarian aid and an exchange of economic experts.

Trump said on Tuesdaythta his second summit with Kim would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6.

In a latest development, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Friday that the North and South Korea will hold high-level talks on Monday at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss follow-up steps to their recent summit.

At their third summit in Pyongyang in September, Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to resume economic cooperation.

This according to the ministry includes relinking railways and roads and reopening a joint factory park and tours to the North’s Mount Kumgang resort, when conditions are met.

Moon also said Kim said he would invite international experts to watch the dismantling of a key missile site and close the main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took reciprocal actions.

“The latest talks will take place on the south side of the Panmunjom within the Demilitarised Zone and be led by the South’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

“The North has yet to confirm its delegation but previous sessions were steered by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country in charge of cross-border affairs.

“Through the high-level meeting, we will discuss ways to implement the Pyongyang agreement overall and finalise the schedules for follow-on talks on each area,” the ministry said.

The announcement comes amid U.S. concerns that inter-Korean relations may be warming too fast relative to negotiations to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed “discontent” with an inter-Korean military pact reached during September summit in a rare sign of disagreement between the allies.

The two Koreas agreed in that accord to halt military drills, set up a no-fly zone near the border and gradually remove landmines and guard posts within the Demilitarised Zone, among other steps.

This article provided by NewsEdge.