Moon, Trump to hold summit on April 11 in Washington

FILE South Korean President Moon Jae-in waves as he is welcomed by U.S. President Donald Trump to the White House in Washington

Multiple diplomatic sources familiar with matters between the two allies said on Thursday there has been significant progress regarding the summit and that the two sides are in the final stages of discussions.

The White House and Moon's office said Mr. Moon and his wife will visit the United States on April 10-11 and Mr. Moon will meet Mr. Trump at the White House to discuss developments on North Korea and bilateral issues. The document outlined four key demands in regards to denuclearization which include, that the North provide a comprehensive inventory of its nuclear program, allow full access to USA and global inspectors, and halt all related activities and construction of new facilities.

"President Moon Jae-in wants to bring Pyongyang and Washington back to the negotiating table, but North Korea has questioned Moon's role as a mediator", Kuhn reports.

"The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region", it said in a statement.

In late February, Trump and Kim held their second summit in the Vietnamese capital in an attempt to give the denuclearisation process on the Korean Peninsula more momentum.

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Moon's push to expand ties with North Korea and resume dormant inter-Korean economic projects is in doubt as USA officials maintain that sanctions on North Korea would stay in place unless the country takes significant denuclearization steps.

South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers in a private briefing Friday that North Korea has almost completed its work to restore a long-range rocket launch facility that it had partially dismantled previous year at the beginning of the nuclear diplomacy, according to Kim Min-ki, one of the lawmakers who attended the meeting. The last nuclear test North Korea conducted was in September 2017. North Korea hasn't provided any reason for its action.

He also faces pressure from across the peninsula, with the Kim regime withdrawing staff from a new joint liaison office last week and criticising the south as "cowardly" for backing the USA stance against easing sanctions. "They're having a hard time", Trump said on Friday.

The administration has decided that what success they've achieved diplomatically with North Korea is because of the "maximum pressure" sanctions in place.

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