Second Trump-Kim summit needs to deliver 'concrete results', says South Korea

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Singapore hotel on June 12, 2018.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Singapore hotel on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: ST FILE

DAVOS (REUTERS) - A planned second summit next month between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must "deliver concrete results on denuclearisation", South Korea's top diplomat said on Wednesday (Jan 23).

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two leaders should make "really great big strides" on the road to denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, in line with international demands.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore last June for an unprecedented summit, producing a promise to work towards"complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula, but the two sides have since struggled to agree how to implement the pledge.

Critics of US efforts say that summit only boosted Kim's international stature while doing little to curb Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal that now threatens the United States.

After Trump met Pyongyang's top nuclear negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, in Washington on Friday, the White House announced that the second summit would take place in late February.

The two sides have given no sign of having narrowed their differences over US demands that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons programme and Pyongyang's demands for a lifting of economic sanctions and a formal end to the Korean War.

North and South Korea are still technically at war, given the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

 

The North Korean envoy's recent visit to Washington has put nuclear talks "back on track", Kang said in Davos.

Details of the second summit would continue to be negotiated despite a partial government shutdown in Washington, he added.