North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he still trusts Donald Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he still trusts Donald Trump

Trump's comments came after Kim reportedly said his faith in the USA president was unchanged and that Pyongyang aimed to achieve denuclearisation within Trump's first term in office, which is due to end in January 2020.

South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, right, speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

Frustrated with the lack of progress, Trump last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the USA leader. On Thursday, Trump thanked Kim on Twitter for expressing "unwavering faith in President Trump" and added: "We will get it done together!"

The President abruptly canceled a US-North Korean summit last month after he accused Kim's regime of stonewalling the negotiations; scrapping Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Hermit Kingdom. "He made that clear", Chung said, according to the news agency. It was all sweetness and light after Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June. If it doesn't, it may be a sign Kim is serious about denuclearization.

China was irritated by Mr Kim's intensifying of his country's nuclear and missile development programmes that led to tensions in North-east Asia and with the US.

Thursday's statements by the two leaders appeared to paper over differences the two sides have over what the current talks should focus on.

The official wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the sensitive diplomacy between the USA and North Korea and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The officials arrived in Pyongyang at 9 a.m. and were driven to the Koryo Hotel, where they were greeted by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland. But since meeting with Mr. Trump at a summit in June, hardly any progress has been made in getting the North to hand over its nuclear weapons.

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"The north and the south should further their efforts to realize the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", KCNA quoted Kim as saying. The 1950-53 war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, meaning US -led United Nations forces are technically still at war with the North.

"Chairman Kim asked us to convey the message to the United States that the USA (should) help create situations where he would feel his decision to denuclearise was a right move", Chung said.

Asked about USA intelligence that North Korea was still advancing its weapons programmes, Pompeo noted Pyongyang had ceased its nuclear tests and test-firing missiles, which he said was a "good thing".

Chung, who returned from Pyongyang late Wednesday as President Moon Jae-in's chief special envoy, said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had reiterated his commitment to denuclearization.

Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

In a move that will irk North Korea, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against North Korean computer programmer Park Jin Hyok in connection with several major cyberattacks, including the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, a February 2016 cyber-enabled fraudulent transfer of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank and the WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017.

He was expected to brief his American counterpart, National Security Adviser John Bolton, at 8 p.m. Seoul time, Moon's office said. The poster at left reads "Let's thoroughly implement the decisions of the April meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea".

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