Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Korea's Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site

Korea's Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site

"I promised (South Korean) President Moon Jae-in that I will visit Seoul in the near future", Kim said during a joint press conference after a summit between the two leaders in Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he will also visit the South Korean capital of Seoul by the end of the year.

Leaders of South and North Korea held one-on-one talks on the second day of their summit on Wednesday, aiming to announce steps to rekindle stalled negotiations on the North's nuclear program and deepen bilateral ties.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to permanently shut down the Tongchang-ri missile launch and engine testing facilities with independent inspectors present.

"Hero remains to continue being returned home to the United States".

It was also announced that North and South Korea will seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics. "The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can't anticipate".

Mr Moon was seeking to engineer a proposal that combines a framework for the North's denuclearisation and a joint declaration ending the 1950-53 Korean War. "But we aren't afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un welcomes South Korean president Moon Jae-in and at North Korean citizens at Sunan International Airport, Pyongyang North Korea.

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At the start of their meeting Tuesday, Kim thanked Moon for brokering the June summit with Trump.

But discussions over how to implement the vague commitments have since faltered, with Washington demanding concrete action towards denuclearisation by Pyongyang before agreeing to key goals of Pyongyang - declaring an official end to the Korean War and easing tough global sanctions.

The premiere of the latest version of the show, called "The Glorious Country", earlier this month featured video footage of Moon and Kim together at their first summit in Panmunjom - prompting the unusual sight of tens of thousands of North Koreans applauding images of the South's president.

They had "frank and sincere" discussions after Moon arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, Yoon told reporters in Seoul, adding: "They still need a lot more talks".

The two Koreas also agreed to pursue a bid to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, and actively work together in other worldwide competitions including the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Afterward, Moon will attend a performance of the "Mass Games" - North Korea's spectacular, all-dancing propaganda display.

USA officials involved in the latest negotiations have said North Korea has refused to even start discussions about defining denuclearisation.

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