North's media say Kim vows nuclear-free Korea amid standoff

Chung Eui-yong head of the presidential National Security Office walks to board an aircraft as he and others in a delegation leave for Pyongyang North Korea at a military airport in Seongnam south of Seoul South Korea Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. The

The spokesman says chief South Korean envoy Chung Eui-yong is to speak to US national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday evening to inform the results of his meeting with Kim.

The statement Thursday from the Korean Central News Agency followed a high-level South Korean delegation's visit to Pyongyang to meet with Kim and to set up a summit later this month between him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April at the border village of Panmunjom.

But the North Korean leader also expressed a "sense of frustration" with the global community for not appreciating what he called Pyongyang's "very significant and meaningful" steps, Chung said.

"North Korea has been preemptively carrying out measures needed for denuclearisation, and Kim said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith".

To which Trump tweet-simpered in response, "Thank you to Chairman Kim".

Last month, President Trump cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to North Korea.

The South Korean envoy's visit to Pyongyang came amid a deadlock on the North's atomic weapons, with U.S. efforts to dismantle the arsenal stalled for weeks.

"Kim also made it clear that he needs some kind of proof Trump has abandoned the U.S.'s hostile policy before moving toward denuclearisation".

Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-keum said Trump had asked Moon during a phone conversation before the trip to serve as "chief negotiator" between the USA and North Korea.

A separate account by North Korean state media said Kim told the delegation that he wanted progress on denuclearization, without mentioning the US or Trump.

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At a landmark June summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim in, the two leaders pledged to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula but no details were agreed.

The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Thursday said Washington must discard its "stubborn" stance that the North must denuclearize first before the United States agrees to a peace treaty.

"He said he's pre-emptively taken steps necessary for denuclearization and wants to see these goodwill measures being met with goodwill measures", he added.

Pyongyang has said the United States needs to reciprocate North Korea's goodwill gestures, which also include the return of US war remains, by stating an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Stephen Biegun, newly-appointed U.S. envoy for the North, said last month Kim had promised "final, fully verified denuclearization" at the Singapore summit.

The officials arrived in Pyongyang at 9 a.m. and were driven to the Koryo Hotel, where they were greeted by Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

South Korea's liberal government is keen on keeping engagement with North Korea alive.

Since then, neither side has seemed willing to make a substantive move, leading to skepticism over Trump's claims that Kim will really dismantle his nuclear weapons program.

Mr Kim was also pleased to receive a personal letter from Mr Moon, delivered by Mr Chung, KCNA added.

Trump spoke to Moon on the evening before Chung's trip and asked Moon to act as "chief negotiator" between Washington and Pyongyang, the spokesman said.

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