Tourists, sanctions, 'Viagra' from Pyongyang: Russia's Far East bond with the Koreas

  1. Tourists, sanctions, ‘Viagra’ from Pyongyang: Russia’s Far East bond with the Koreas  Washington Post
  2. Kim Jong Un liked his Trump summit so much, he’s calling for another one  Quartz
  3. After warm words, US tells Kim Jong-un that concessions will only come after denuclearisation  Telegraph.co.uk
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South Korean president jets to Pyongyang for 'heart-to-heart' nuclear talks with Kim Jong-un

South Korean president jets to Pyongyang for 'heart-to-heart' nuclear talks with Kim Jong-unMoon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, will seek to revive stalled talks on nuclear disarmament between the US and North Korea when he jets into Pyongyang on Tuesday morning for a three-day summit with Kim Jong-un. Mr Moon will be the first South Korean leader to visit North Korea’s capital in 11 years and he will be accompanied by an entourage of  senior business executives and K-pop stars as he attempts to bolster economic, cultural and security ties.  He is expected to land at 10am (2am BST), and may be greeted personally by Kim at the airport before proceeding to the negotiating table and a banquet in the evening.  On the eve of his departure for his third direct meeting with Kim this year, Mr Moon pledged to hold “heart-to-heart talks” to push for better ties between Pyongyang and Washington.  “What I want to achieve is peace. I mean irreversible, permanent peace that is not shaken by international politics,” Mr Moon said during a meeting with top advisers, according to his office.  But Im Jong-seok, his chief-of-staff, played down expectations that the summit will produce a major breakthrough on the process of denuclearisation, which has plunged into a deadlock since the historic meeting between Kim and Donald Trump, the US president, in Singapore in June.  Mr Moon will push for a second summit between Kim and Mr Trump, where he believes progress can be made on disarmament. His aides revealed that he wants to find “a middle ground” between the US position on denuclearisation and the North’s request for assurances over security and ending hostilities.  In a press briefing, Mr Im predicted that the summit would take “meaningful” steps to “fundamentally remove the danger of armed clashes and ease fears of war” between the two Koreas, moving them closer to formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty. Proposals could include the disarmament of sections of the jointly controlled border area or the removal of front-line guard posts.  Trump-Kim summit in pictures: Best photos from Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un’s meeting in Singapore While the moves would be significantly more modest than Kim giving up his nukes, analysts say they are key to building an atmosphere of trust that will avoid future military escalations on the Korean Peninsula.  “Most of the crises around North Korea have been started by some kind of small-scale military exchange on the border that has threatened a larger war,” said Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation.  “Anything you can do to decrease that possibility – moving artillery pieces and physical forces back – would be good for decreasing tensions,” he told The Telegraph.  “Are we getting closer to our goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula? No. But we have a dramatically reduced risk of war on the Korean Peninsula compared to this time last year.”    


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At Pyongyang trade fair, North Korea is ready to make a deal

  1. At Pyongyang trade fair, North Korea is ready to make a deal  SFGate
  2. Moon Jae-in prepares for make or break inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong-un  The Guardian
  3. Trump could still get the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korean denuclearization – Here’s how  Fox News
  4. North and South Korea Push to End Korean War, but US Remains Wary  New York Times
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Denuclearisation to top Moon's Pyongyang agenda

Denuclearisation to top Moon's Pyongyang agendaDenuclearisation will be high on the agenda for this week’s inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday on the eve of his third meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Moon will fly to the North Korean capital on Tuesday for the latest stage in a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula, although progress has stalled in denuclearisation talks between Pyongyang and Washington. “I’ve confirmed the sincere willingness of both Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump on several occasions,” Moon said during a Cabinet meeting.


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Moon seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summit

Moon seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summitSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in travels to Pyongyang this week for his third summit with Kim Jong Un, looking to break the deadlock in nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States. Moon — whose own parents fled the North during the 1950-53 Korean War — flies north on Tuesday for a three-day trip, following in the footsteps of his predecessors Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and mentor Roh Moo-hyun in 2007. No details of the programme have been announced but Pyongyang is likely to pull out all the stops to create a good impression, with tens of thousands of people lining the streets to welcome him.


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Korean leaders agree to new historic Pyongyang summit as Kim insists he still has 'faith' in Trump

Korean leaders agree to new historic Pyongyang summit as Kim insists he still has 'faith' in TrumpMoon Jae-in will become the first South Korean president to visit Pyongyang in more than 10 years when he travels to the North Korean capital for talks with Mr Kim on 18-20 September. The summit between the two Koreas will be a crucial indicator of whether nuclear negotiations with the US will proceed, and South Korea’s Mr Moon has played a big role in keeping those talks alive. South Korea said it had forwarded a message from Mr Trump to Mr Kim, who in turn gave Seoul a message to deliver to the US.


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North Korea Accuses the US of 'Hatching a Criminal Plot' Against Pyongyang

  1. North Korea Accuses the US of ‘Hatching a Criminal Plot’ Against Pyongyang  TIME
  2. South Korea says Pompeo’s canceled visit impacts North Korea liaison office plans  Reuters
  3. Trump is right. His trade war with China is causing a huge problem with North Korea  CNN
  4. North Korea’s ‘Money Masters’ Hold Keys to Kim’s Economic Revival  Wall Street Journal
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