Moon to carry private message from Kim to Trump

"[Moon] would add much legitimacy to Kim, who had never had any summit with a foreign leader until early this year", said Seo Yu-suk, a research manager at the Institute of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

"A peace treaty would be sealed, as well as normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations, after the North achieves complete denuclearization".

Following Kim's summit with South Korea president Moon Jae-in, where President Trump said "tremendous progress" was made, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said negotiations with Pyongyang are back on.

Experts say the destruction of the missile engine test site and launch pad wouldn't represent a material step in the denuclearization of North Korea, which declared its nuclear force complete past year and has designed its most powerful missiles to be fired from vehicles.

North Korea announced it would disassemble the complex if the United States takes "corresponding measures" under a comprehensive agreement reached by the leaders of the two rival Koreas. "I promised President Moon Jae-in that I will visit Seoul in the near future", he said.

"Pyongyang joint declaration did not include any of those specific measures of North Korea and the corresponding actions of the US". Mr Moon faces increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in efforts to get Kim to completely - and unilaterally - abandon his nuclear arsenal.

This was well received by President Trump, but it is a small step towards the goal of denuclearisation.

It also was unclear what "corresponding steps" North Korea wants from the U.S. to dismantle its nuclear site.

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As Moon arrived at an airport near the mountain, some 1,000 North Koreans greeted him, waving flowers and chanting "Motherland!"

The two countries also agreed to engage "in constant communication and close consultations" to review the implementation of the previously signed Panmunjom Declaration "and prevent accidental military clashes by promptly activating the Inter-Korean Joint Military Committee".

Such a declaration, which would fall short of a fully-fledged peace treaty, could give the impetus for North Korea to offer further concessions without prompting calls for U.S. troops to pull out. He didn't indicate in his brief remarks whether the USA would be willing to take further steps to encourage North Korean action on denuclearization. "They don't meaningfully constrain North Korea's nuclear programme".

Mr Moon urged unity for all Koreans in a speech he gave Wednesday night to the crowd gathered for North Korea's signature mass games.

As the highest peak on the Korean peninsula at about 2,750 metres (9,000 ft), Mount Paektu is the mythical origin of the Korean people, featured in South Korea's national anthem and various North Korean propaganda.

"There is nothing the North has offered so far that would constitute irreversible movement toward denuclearisation, however you define that, by January 2021 or any other time, or even a reduction of the military threat it poses to the South and the region", said a United States intelligence official.

"Chairman Kim and I share the history of having held hands like lovers and crossed the Military Demarcation Line together twice", Moon said during a toast at a banquet Tuesday evening.

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