South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un means to abolish all nuclear weapons, materials and facilities to achieve “complete” denuclearisation.
Moon also said the North and the U.S. are in working-level discussions to arrange a second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump as soon as the U.S. midterm elections are over, according to a script of Moon’s interview with BBC shared by his office.
In the BBC interview, Moon said the actions could include opening of a U.S. liaison office in North Korea, humanitarian aid and an exchange of economic experts.
He said that the North and South Korea will hold high-level talks on Monday at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss follow-up steps to their recent summit.
“The latest talks will take place on the south side of the Panmunjom within the Demilitarised Zone and be led by the South’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
“The North has yet to confirm its delegation but previous sessions were steered by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country in charge of cross-border affairs.
“Through the high-level meeting, we will discuss ways to implement the Pyongyang agreement overall and finalise the schedules for follow-on talks on each area,” the ministry said.
The announcement comes amid U.S. concerns that inter-Korean relations may be warming too fast relative to negotiations to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.