Mike Pompeo invites North Korean talks, aims for denuclearisation by 2021

Mr Pompeo is arranging meetings with North Korean officials with the aim of completing North Korea’s denuclearisation by January 2021

Kim vowed to move toward denuclearization if the United States takes steps of its own.

However, their deal on the issue most fascinating and worrisome - the North's pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles that can accurately strike the US mainland - contained a big condition: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated he would permanently dismantle his country's main nuclear complex only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also praised the "important commitments", saying he spoke with his North Korean counterpart and invited him to meet next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Moon plans to return to South Korea later Thursday, but the leaders are still basking in the glow of the joint statement they settled Wednesday.

"We agreed to make active efforts to turn the Korean peninsula into the land of peace without nuclear weapons or nuclear threats", Kim said at a joint briefing with Moon in Pyongyang.

Further, Kim said that the full extent of North Korean denuclearization is still dependent on American cooperation in the peace process, with policy experts wary that all of Kim's demands will be met by the powers that be in D.C.

In a joint statement after the summit with Mr Moon, Mr Kim pledged to permanently abolish North Korea's key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts.

"We're making tremendous progress with respect to North Korea".

"I feel overwhelmed that I can share these words today", Moon said.

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Monday's meeting, called for by the United States , came on the eve of a high-stakes inter-Korean summit in the Pyongyang. Haley said an amended version was submitted last week that removed evidence of Russian actors violating sanctions.

As the highest mountain on the Korean peninsula, at about 2,750m above sea level, Mount Baekdu is the mythical origin of the Korean people, featuring in South Korea's national anthem and various North Korean propaganda.

It represents glorious achievements like North Korea's nuclear weapons development and extols the regime of the Kim dynasty, though Wednesday's performance cut about 30 minutes of the most blatant propaganda.

Many South Koreans also feel drawn to the volcano, which, according to Korean mythology, was the birthplace of Dangun, the founder of the first ancient Korean kingdom, and has always been considered one of the most handsome places on the peninsula.

North Korea markets the tickets mainly to Chinese tourists at an eye-watering price to bring in much-needed valuta.

According to Pyongyang's narrative, it is also said to be where Kim Il Sung, the country's founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather, led his anti-Japanese guerilla campaign during the 1910-45 colonial rule.

South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo and North Korea's Minister of the People's Armed Forces No Kwang Chol signed an agreement that Seoul says is about reducing military tensions along the border. Moon and Kim planned to visit a volcano sacred to the North on Thursday, the last day of Moon's visit.

In his seven-minute long speech, he said the two countries should "become one", as they were before the war.

Both countries chose to open a permanent meeting place for families long separated by the border in the near future, Moon said.

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