Dream comes true for Moon: climbing North Korea's sacred Mount Paektu

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The South Korean president spoke in Seoul after returning from a three-day visit to North Korea.

Kim was hoping for a second summit with Trump "at an early date", Moon said in Seoul after concluding his three-day trip, adding he would take the U.S. president a message from Kim when he meets him himself next week.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday quoted the North's leader as saying at a summit this week. Kim say Mount Paektu has become a "subject of yearning" for South Koreans and Koreans living overseas.

Other agreements aimed at removing some longstanding irritants from their relations, such as allowing more contact between families divided by the Korean War.

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greets North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as they prepare for a group photo at the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in Singapore, Aug. 4, 2018.

Ahead of this week's talks, it was expected that two leaders would continue to work to formally end to the Korean War, which ended in an armistice 65 years ago.

The North Korean leader on Wednesday agreed to shutter the Tongchang-ri missile-testing site in the presence of global observers, a move the U.S. welcomed by saying it was ready for immediate talks aimed at denuclearising the North. He also set a January 2021 deadline for North Korea's denuclearization.

The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions.

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"We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat", Kim said. Their trip to the mountain on the North Korean-Chinese border, and the striking photo-op that will resonate in both Koreas, followed a day of wide-ranging agreements on Wednesday they trumpeted as a major step toward peace.

But there have been concerns in South Korea and the United States that ending the war would ultimately prompt China and Russian Federation, if not North Korea, to demand that the United Nations Command (UNC), which overlaps with USA forces in South Korea, be disbanded and leave.

But there have been concerns in South Korea and the United States that ending the war would ultimately prompt China and Russian Federation, if not North Korea, to demand that the United Nations Command (UNC), which overlaps with USA forces in South Korea, be disbanded and leave. -South Korea joint live-fire military exercise, at a training field near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Pocheon, South Korea, April 21, 2017.

Scott Snyder, director of the U.S. -Korea policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the United States. Moon got elected on promises to mend the North-South relationship and resolve the nuclear standoff.

Washington and Pyongyang have subsequently sparred over what that means and how it will be achieved, with the Trump administration consistently referring to the denuclearisation of North Korea specifically.

Moon says such steps, combined with North Korea's unilateral but unverified dismantling of a nuclear testing ground earlier this year, would prevent the North from advancing its weaponry through further nuclear and missile tests. The ventures have the potential to violate global sanctions imposed on North Korea.

"They have continuously shown their trust towards one another and I hope there will be another summit between the two countries as soon as possible", Moon said.

The most obvious candidate is Walkerhill, which is where Kim's sister stayed during her visit to Seoul. And during Trump's visit to South Korea in 2017, more than 15,000 officers provided security, using hundreds of police buses to create tight perimeters near Seoul's presidential palace to wall off anti-Trump protesters. "He seems honest in trying to end problems in the Korean peninsula".

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