Skip to comments.North Korea's Kim agrees to inspections in bid to salvage nuclear talks
Posted on 09/19/2018 6:41:01 AM PDT by mandaladon
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, the latest gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his countrys nuclear program.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Pyongyang, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said they agreed to turn the Korean peninsula into a land of peace without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats.
They said the North was also willing to close its main nuclear complex if the United States took unspecified reciprocal action.
The pledges Kim and Moon made at their third summit this year could inject fresh momentum into the stalled nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang and lay the groundwork for another meeting Kim recently proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump.
I dont think President Moon got everything he was seeking from these interactions, but Kim Jong Un gave Moon some tangible things for which he can take credit, said Michael Madden, an analyst at the Stimson Centres 38 North think tank in Washington.
These are good-faith gestures which will likely facilitate further and more substantive negotiations, Madden said, adding a second summit between Kim and Trump was highly probable.
Kim pledged to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula during his two meetings with Moon earlier this year and at his historic June summit with Trump in Singapore.
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There is a fundamental disagreement between the US and NK.
NK wants a permanent end to the Korean War, first. That gets the UN out of the NK sanction business.
The US wants a complete and verifiable inventory of all the NK nukes and delivery systems, first.
We are at a stalemate until NK complies.
The US cannot blink, ever, or we go back to the NK wiggle and squirm game that has been going on for 65 years.
If that happens then we’re back to square one. So what? If Fat Boy keeps farting around his people continue to eat grass and dirt.
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