With the spectre of two past summits that failed to blunt North Korea's nuclear ambitions, South Korean officials planning talks next month now face the thorny task of overcoming familiar sticking points with the threat of war looming over any failure.
Told by one attendee that he should push the North for a complete abandonment of nuclear weapons, Moon agreed.
"However, if there are talks between the U.S. and North Korea before the drills [begin] there may be some compromise", Moon added.
"North Korea has clearly expressed its intention for denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, and if there is no military threat and North Korea's regime security is promised, they have clarified that there is no reason to hold nuclear weapons", South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office said.
United States intelligence officials have said Kim is only months away from being able to mount such a strike, while some experts say he may already have the basic capability, even if it remains untested.
"Kim Jong-un has a certain message, which is not publicized to be delivered directly to the Trump administration", the source told the Post, speaking on condition of anonymity.
South Korea's opposition parties were sceptical of Tuesday's announcement. "It made it clear that while dialogue is continuing, it will not attempt any strategic provocations, such as nuclear and ballistic missile tests". "It's better than not having one", he said.
"It is also true that there exist many open wounds within us, caused by long feuds and conflicts", he added.
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Either way, United States officials and experts agree there is value in getting North Korea to put its testing on hold as launches and detonations are vital to developing reliable weapons.
Pyongyang has boasted of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the mainland United States. There have since been no more tests.
The report follows a rare visit to Pyongyang by senior south Korean officials, who had dinner with the normally reclusive leader.
"One of the biggest fears of Tokyo is that the US administration will embark on the talks with Kim under the spirit of "America First" and accept a major compromise that only removes its own fears, i.e. ICBM development", said Atsuhito Isozaki, an associate professor and a North Korea expert at Keio University.
"While I wouldn't say that Trump has the Kim regime crying 'uncle, ' I would say, to use a sports analogy, that North Korea is now like a running back looking for space to move in the backfield", Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist at the American Enterprise Institute, told Fox News. North Korea's official media haven't said anything concrete about what was said during Chung's trip to Pyongyang. The countries are also installing a phone which will allow them to speak to each other directly.
The US state department said on Tuesday it had imposed the new sanctions. "Trump is undercutting the capabilities of North Korea's nuclear program by undercutting its economy and North Korea's appeasement seems to be motivated as a way to reduce pressure on them".
"North Korea needs considerable outside help to outfit and sustain its missile and nuclear production", Albright said.