"The United States shouldn't delay any further an end-of-war declaration, which the US president promised at the Singapore summit", the North's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper stated in an editorial, Reuters reported. New Zealand would be wise to steer clear of an American-run "coalition of the willing" using military force to implement its version of sanctions against North Korea. Kim Il Sung, then 35, delivered a speech and repeatedly cheered on his military and fellow dictator Joseph Stalin.
All eyes are on whether Kim will make a public speech, and if so, what kind of message he will send as denuclearisation talks have reached an impasse since Singapore.
Some analysts believe Kim Jong Un is likely to follow in President Xi's footsteps and try not to step on any toes with provocative actions. The date of the talks, which will come on the eve of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations at the end of September, was to be released later Thursday.
Pompeo declined to comment Thursday on what the next steps are for USA diplomacy with North Korea.
However, there has been no indication that Kim has offered more concrete steps toward giving up his nuclear weapons and some USA officials privately doubt he is willing to abandon the arsenal.
Kim Jong Un's statement was "meaningful" but unlikely to achieve a breakthrough if he doesn't offer something more substantive in exchange for a peace declaration, according to Kim Byung-yeon, a professor of North Korean economics at Seoul National University. "He probably saw that there was nothing good in provoking Trump", Lee Byong-chul, of Seoul's Institute for Peace and Cooperation, said.
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They presented South Korea's blueprint for economic cooperation, including reconnecting severed cross-border railways and roads, and urged Kim to take steps toward denuclearization.
The Associated Press reports that Chung said Kim expressed frustration over the worldwide community's reaction to measures taken by the North.
The enthusiastic comments came 12 days after Trump summarily canceled a trip to Pyongyang by his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, which was aimed at getting the discussions on North Korea's nuclear talks back on track three months after Trump's landmark summit with Kim in Singapore.
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National security adviser Chung Eui-youg (left) and other South Korean officials walk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Wednesday. The article said the North has shown "goodwill and generosity" through actions such as returning USA war remains and dismantling a nuclear testing ground, but that the United States has failed to respond similarly.
Chung said Kim had stressed the need for the United States to reciprocate North Korea's initial moves, which have included dismantling a nuclear test site and a missile engine facility.
At their first meeting, the two leaders "agreed to formally end the war before the year's end", Yonhap added. But negotiations have made little headway, while signs North Korea has maintained work on its weapons have emerged.