Seoul drops ‘enemy’ reference to North Korea

Seoul drops ‘enemy’ reference to North Korea

Two of the people said his plans included a meeting with Trump.

A military spokesman here said, "Mentioning the North alongside China and Russian Federation as a declared nuclear state can send the wrong signal that the North is virtually being recognized as a nuclear state".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Kim's trip was a sign a second US-North Korean summit was "imminent", and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added at the weekend that: "We're working out the details".

In his New Year's press conference on January 10, President Moon Jae-in said that Kim's China visit hints at a US-North Korea summit, which he hopes will mark a major turning point for issues surrounding North Korea.

The announcement of the first summit's date came when Kim Yong Chol - a former North Korean spy chief involved in decades of nuclear talks - visited Trump at the White House last June.

Earlier this month, Trump revealed that he received a "great letter" from Kim Jong-un, and reiterated his belief that North Korea is committed to change, stressing his role in related developments.

Pyongyang is seeking sanctions relief and rejects demands for what it calls its unilateral disarmament, while Washington insists that the punitive measures must stay in place until it gives up its nuclear arsenal.

Pompeo and other officials have said repeatedly there would be a second summit, but refused to say when it would happen.

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Yonhap also reported on the potential meeting Tuesday morning, quoting a diplomatic source as saying the meeting is expected to iron out details for a second Trump-Kim summit.

Washington and Seoul have been discussing potential US measures to reciprocate North Korea's possible steps towards denuclearisation, such as dismantling the Yongbyon main nuclear complex or intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) aimed at the US, South Korean officials told Reuters news agency.

Kang said the allies were reviewing various packages of incentives.

While Trump has been eager to hold a second summit with Kim, on Wednesday the U.S. vice-president, Mike Pence, acknowledged that efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal had not made headway.

South Korea has dropped a reference to North Korea as its "enemy" in the military's updated policy document, reflecting President Moon Jae-in's initiative in achieving détente with Pyongyang.

The two sides would seek "interim" measures to revitalize the denuclearization process, South Korea officials told Reuters, but North Korea has demanded a lifting of USA sanctions and dismissed U.S. demands it declare all its nuclear weapons and facilities.

"You would right now be in a nice, big fat war in Asia with North Korea if I wasn't elected president", Trump said.

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