North Korea's Kim wants fast denuclearisation, South's leader says

North Korea pledges to close down key missile test site

Kim asked Pyongyang residents to give Moon "enthusiastic applause", saying the South Korean President would deliver "meaningful remarks" to mark the ongoing inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

To achieve this, the North also agreed to "permanently dismantle the Dongchang-ri missile engine test site and launch platform [also known as the Sohae Satellite Launch Station or the Tongchang-ri Missile and Space Launch Facility] under the observation of experts from relevant countries".

Mr Pompeo said earlier he was ready to restart negotiations, stalled since the first Trump-Kim summit in June.

"On the basis of these important commitments, the United States is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations to transform US-DPRK relations", Mr Pompeo said in a statement, referring to the North's official name Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In his speech, Moon also said the two leaders also agreed to take measures to "fundamentally resolve the agony of separated families".

There will also be resistance to rolling back sanctions adopted by the USA unilaterally and through the United Nations without significant progress toward denuclearization and a clearer idea of exactly what North Korea has in its nuclear arsenal and where all its facilities are located.

The two leaders made the announcement on the second day of a three-day summit, their third this year, as part of efforts with the United States to contain the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Some senior South Korean officials accompanying Moon suggested inviting Kim and his wife to Mount Halla, the highest mountain and a scenic tourist resort in the South.

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In a final promise from Wednesday's summit, Kim said that he would be travelling to South Korea in the near future, a trip that would represent its own massive step in Korean diplomatic relations, as no North Korean leader has ever set foot on the southern side of the Peninsula's highly militarized border.

"While North Korea has stopped testing missiles and nuclear devices, they have NOT moved toward denuclearization", he tweeted. He said he would discuss with Trump his and Kim's goal of declaring an end to the Korean War by the end of this year.

The war ended in an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, meaning US-led United Nations forces, including South Korea, are technically still at war with the North.

Kim also wants the US Secretary of State to come to Pyongyang for nuclear talks.

At a performance of the North's spectacular "Mass Games" propaganda display, Moon made an unprecedented address by a South Korean leader to a Northern crowd, telling them that Koreans had lived together for 5 000 years.

Washington calls for concrete action, such as a full disclosure of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, before satisfying Pyongyang's key demands, including an official end to the war and the easing of global sanctions.

"North Korea expressed their willingness to speed up their denuclearization actions if [the United States] takes actions to form a new U.S. I, here, propose that we completely settle 70 years of hostility and take a big peaceful step to become one again".

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