-North Korea talks sometime before the next inter-Korean summit, which will likely take place in mid-September, could give Moon more to work with when he arrives in Pyongyang. The U.N. General Assembly in late September would be an ideal date for Seoul, but many analysts see that possibility as low, considering the complications of the process and how far apart the parties now are.
It was the first time a North Korean leader had crossed into the South since the 1950-53 war sealed the division of the Korean peninsula.
Trump earlier called off a scheduled North Korea trip by his top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing what he called a lack of progress in the denuclearization process. The North has never provided a full account of its fast-growing nuclear and missile program and seemingly has an endless number of cards to play in the "phased and synchronized" game - like dismantling a missile engine test site or removing a launch pad - before it ever has to take concrete steps on denuclearization.
The delegation will also discuss ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration signed at the inter-Korean summit in April, in which both leaders had pledged complete denuclearisation on the peninsula, said Chung.
A veteran North Korean official who was sanctioned for his suspected role in development of the country's nuclear and missile technology has died, the North announced on Tuesday (Sept 4).
North Korea is said to have demanded a timely quid pro quo for its denuclearization efforts while the US has repeatedly vowed to maintain maximum sanctions on the impoverished North until it completely denuclearizes. He can't afford a setback on inter-Korean relations, his strongest issue.
But in a recent speech, Moon seemed to argue that inter-Korean activities should take the lead.
Kim was paraphrased in the statement by his propaganda specialists as saying that it was "his will to completely remove the danger of armed conflict and horror of war from the Korean peninsula and turn it into the cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threat". "When inter-Korean relations were good in the past, North Korea's nuclear threat eased". "The Moon government is primarily focused on the second way".