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Donald Trump, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in talk North Korea denuclearization

September 4, 2018

President Trump spoke Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with the two leaders discussing the ongoing effort to denuclearize North Korea, the White House said.

Mr. Moon briefed the president on a plan to send a special envoy to Pyongyang on Wednesday to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. He promised to update the president after the meeting, the White House said.

Progress toward denuclearizing has stalled since the June summit in Singapore with Mr. Trump where Mr. Kim pledged to give up the rogue regime’s nuclear weapons.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Moon agreed to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this month in New York, the White House said.After early signs of progress, including North Korea returning the remains of 55 U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War, progress stalled.

Both sides look to the other to make the next move.

Mr. Trump blamed China with undermining the maximum pressure campaign on North Korea because of trade disputes with the U.S.

China denied the charge.

Last month, Mr. Trump cancelled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang for continue talks.

“I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Mr. Trump tweeted at the time.

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