Kim reported from Seoul.
North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un wants to meet with President Trump again, says South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has just returned from Pyongyang.
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.
Some US officials were deeply skeptical.
At their Pyongyang summit, Moon and Kim agreed that the North Korean leader will visit Seoul "at an early date". However halting and frustrating negotiated progress will be, returning to conflict is indeed not an option.
In this image made from video by North Korea's KRT, July 28, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gestures at the site of a missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea. That's where the North has a plutonium reactor and a uranium enrichment facility that can produce fissile material for atomic bombs. North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a cease-fire, but neither leader mentioned it Wednesday as they read the joint statement. The North is also vying for the U.S.to allow relief from sanctions that are hurting its struggling economy.
According to reports, the Trump administration has insisted that North Korea take a unilateral, complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, known as CVID.
That's become the principal bone of contention between the two sides.
The mountain is featured heavily in North Korean propaganda, and Kim has made trips to its summit after nuclear tests or major announcements, most recently when he declared the country's nuclear arsenal complete.
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.
"We're making tremendous progress with respect to North Korea".
Pyongyang has used several other locations for missile launches and has repeatedly said it has no need for further testing.
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 US forces in South Korea, be disbanded and leave. "North Korea never talked before about a specific timeline". The U.S.is demanding their return to see all facilities at Nyongbyon dismantled.
At the summit, the two Koreas agreed on plans to resume economic cooperation, including working to reconnect rail and road links. Kim vowed to move toward denuclearization if the United States takes steps of its own. He didn't indicate in his brief remarks whether the USA would be willing to take further steps to encourage North Korean action on denuclearisation. He said that South Korea could possibly mediate between the U.S. and North Korea in exchanging the list for an official end of war declaration. He also set a January 2021 deadline for North Korea's denuclearization.
David Maxwell, a retired Army colonel who served in South Korea and is now a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, cautioned that Kim's objective is to weaken the U.S.