Korea Talks: US envoy says talks with Pyongyang 'productive'

Korea Talks: US envoy says talks with Pyongyang 'productive'

It is imperative to include the North's short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles that have Japan within their shooting range, on top of its intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, in a list of arms subject to dismantling. Mr. Moon served as diplomatic middleman between the U.S. and North Korea following the North's increasingly powerful string of weapons tests and Trump's threats of military action in 2017.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse", President Trump went on. The U.S. envoy is scheduled to travel to the South Korean capital afterward. -North Korea relations and building a lasting peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, he said. South Korea is split along generational and ideological lines on how to handle the North.

He said US-Vietnamese history "reflects the possibility for peace and prosperity".

"We moved past conflict and division towards the thriving partnership we enjoy today", Palladino said.

In a speech at Stanford University in California last week, Biegun said that he would be aiming in his talks for "a roadmap of negotiations and declarations going forward, and a shared understanding of the desired outcomes of our joint efforts".

The Japanese Foreign Ministry will send Kenji Kanasugi, director general of its Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, to Seoul on Friday and Saturday for talks with Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea, ministry sources said.

Trump said Wednesday that he will hold a summit with Kim in Vietnam on February 27-28.


Trump said much work remained to be done in the push for peace with North Korea, but cited the halt in its nuclear testing and no new missile launches in 15 months as proof of progress.

Some experts say North Korea is trying to use the negotiations to weaken the sanctions and buy time to flawless its weapons program.

In a post on Twitter, Trump said that North Korea would become an "economic powerhouse" under Kim.

"I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" he said.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would reconcile policies with Trump on the issues of nuclear arms, missiles and the North's abduction of Japanese nationals.

The US's special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, held three days of talks in Pyongyang to prepare for the summit, according to the State Department.

From early morning Friday, citizens and military personnel laid flowers and bowed in front of giant statues of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il, the former leader who died in 2011, on Mansu Hill in the heart of the city.

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