Two Koreas open joint liaison office in North

US officials know North Korea won’t give up nukes — but Trump keeps getting tricked by Kim’s nice letters: report

North and South Korea set up liaison office to 'talk 24/7'

In an empty industrial complex outside an ancient capital city, the two Koreas opened a joint liaison office on Friday, creating an un-precedented, face-to-face channel for cross-border communications.

"North Korea is willing to denuclearize and therefore willing to discard existing nuclear weapons... and the United States is willing to end hostile relations with the North and provide security guarantees", Moon said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who wants the easing of worldwide economic sanctions to restore his nation's economy, has apparently been trying to obtain South Korean financial support or aid, foreign affairs experts say.

The office opening comes just prior to the third summit between Kim and Moon in Pyongyang next week, from September 18 to 20.

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During the talks, the two sides discussed the idea of setting up a West Sea zone around the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a tense de facto maritime border, where the entry of warships and live-fire exercises would be banned, a Seoul official said on condition of anonymity.

"The name of the North-South joint liaison office is nice words, but it sums up our nation's ardent desire for a new turning point in the development of the North-South relations".

The U.S. envoy visited Seoul earlier this week and held talks with his counterpart Lee. "On Monday, the White House announced that, in response to the "very warm, very positive" note from Kim, Trump was now ordering his staff to plan for a second Trump-Kim summit meeting". The rival Koreas on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, have opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges.

The liaison office opening has been delayed by friction between the United States and North Korea, as well as questions over whether supplying the office would violate U.N. sanctions. During the war, it was used for truce negotiations, so escaped the bombing which leveled most of North Korea.

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The U.S. said Russian Federation and China both informed the sanctions committee that they were supplying refined products to North Korea.

A mood of conciliation toward South Korea prevails in North Korea ahead of next week's summit between their leaders, at a time when denuclearization talks with the United States are in a stalemate.

Background: The office was a key pledge at the summit between Seoul and Pyongyang in April. But company executives say tough economic sanctions, effectively banning any business with the North, could make it tricky to go this time around. -South Korea summit in May.

"Russia has actively attempted to undermine the U.N. Security Council resolutions", Pompeo said during a news conference, "by attempting to change the language" of a report that evaluates compliance with sanctions against Pyongyang.

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The presidents plan to meet again next week to follow up on the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula adopted between the two leaders on April 27 last.

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