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The Latest: Moon, Kim visit North’s sacred Mount Paektu

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un greet to Pyongyang residents after watching the mass video games efficiency of “The Glorious Country” at Might Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool by way of AP)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Newest on the summit between North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (all occasions native):

9:50 a.m.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are visiting a volcano the North considers sacred on the final day of Moon’s visit.

South Korean officers stated Thursday that Moon traveled by aircraft to an airport close to Mount Paektu the place Kim arrived first to greet him. They then rode automobiles to the mountain on the North Korean-Chinese language border.

Moon plans to return to South Korea afterward Thursday.

The volcano topped with a deep crater lake is on the coronary heart of North Korea’s basis mythology and used to legitimize the Kim household’s dynastic rule.

Members of the Kim household are known as sharing the “Paektu Bloodline.” The mountain can also be emblazoned on the nationwide emblem and lends its identify to all the things from rockets to energy stations.

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9:20 a.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has delivered a speech to an enormous North Korean crowd gathered for mass video games, calling for the rival Koreas to finish seven many years of hostility and construct a way forward for peace and prosperity.

Moon, North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and their wives attended the efficiency of “The Glorious Country” at Pyongyang’s Might Day Stadium on Wednesday night time the place they noticed hundreds of performers working in exact unison. South Korea says the mass video games drew about 150,000 spectators.

Moon stated in his speech: “We have lived together for 5,000 years and lived in separation for 70 years. I now propose that we completely eliminate the hostility of the past 70 years and take a big step forward in peace so that we can become one again.”

Historians say the 5,000-year timeline of Korean historical past is a groundless declare that turned a part of South Korea’s official narrative after being inserted in class textbooks through the rule of former dictator Chun Doo-hwan.

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11 p.m.

President Donald Trump says “we’re making tremendous progress” with North Korea, after an inter-Korean summit provided some obvious concessions from the North on its weapons program.

Trump informed reporters Wednesday that “we had very good news” out of the summit, the place chief Kim Jong Un promised to dismantle a rocket launch website and in addition agreed to dismantle its foremost nuclear website if the U.S. takes unspecified corresponding measures.

Trump didn’t point out in his temporary remarks whether or not the U.S. can be prepared to take additional steps to encourage North Korean motion on denuclearization. Nevertheless, he claimed credit score for quelling the tensions that had escalated sharply through the first yr of his presidency earlier than his personal summit with Kim in June.

North Korea has carried out no nuclear and missile exams since late final yr.

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5:55 p.m.

China has welcomed the result of the inter-Korean summit and can proceed supporting each side in additional talks on decreasing tensions.

Overseas Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated Wednesday China famous the constructive results of the assembly on easing army tensions and selling peace talks and the denuclearization course of.

China is North Korea’s most essential ally and has lengthy referred to as on its fellow communist neighbor to work towards disarmament and switch its focus to financial improvement. China hosted long-stalled six-nation denuclearization talks and insists that its pursuits be revered in any long-term settlement.

It has additionally strongly objected to South Korea’s deployment of a complicated U.S. missile protection system that bolsters Washington’s army presence in Northeast Asia, saying it threatens China’s safety. Any transfer to scale back the North Korean missile menace might give it hope that the system might in the future be eliminated.

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three:10 p.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un plan to visit a volcano sacred to the North on the final day of Moon’s visit.

Moon’s workplace stated Wednesday that Moon accepted Kim’s supply to visit Mount Paektu on Thursday.

The volcano topped with a deep crater lake is on the coronary heart of North Korea’s basis mythology used to legitimize the Kim household’s dynastic rule.

Members of the Kim household are known as sharing the “Paektu Bloodline.” The mountain on the North Korean-Chinese language border can also be emblazoned on the nation’s nationwide emblem and lends its identify to all the things from rockets to energy stations.

In accordance with the official narrative, Kim Il Sung saved the Korean Peninsula with daring guerrilla raids towards Japanese invaders from his base on the slopes of Paektu. South Korean historians say the story is exaggerated.

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2 p.m.

President Donald Trump is as soon as once more praising Kim Jong Un’s previous agreements, however his late-night tweets didn’t tackle the U.S. matching North Korea’s strikes.

At a joint Korean summit Wednesday in Pyongyang, the North agreed to completely dismantle a missile engine check website and a launch pad and to take additional steps similar to completely dismantling its major Nyongbyon nuclear complicated if the USA takes corresponding measures.

“Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts. In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing,” Trump stated in a pair of tweets. “Hero remains to continue being returned home to the United States. Also, North and South Korea will file a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics. Very exciting!”

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1:30 p.m.

North and South Korea have agreed to disarm a collectively managed border village, beginning with the removing of land mines.

A joint assertion signed by the nations’ army chiefs on Wednesday stated the Koreas will goal to take away the mines within the Joint Safety Space within the truce village of Panmunjom inside October and in addition take away guard posts from the world.

The assertion says the Koreas agreed to collectively confirm the outcomes of such steps and in addition permit vacationers and observers to maneuver freely inside the JSA.

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1:10 p.m.

North and South Korea have agreed to make their first joint searches for the stays of their troopers killed in the course of the 1950-53 Korean Conflict.

A joint assertion signed by their protection chiefs in Pyongyang on Wednesday says the Koreas will first take away land mines and different explosives in a central space of their border earlier than beginning the searches subsequent April.

It says the world they plan to look is the place one of many fiercest battles occurred through the struggle.

The assertion says the joint searches can be the primary of their sort because the finish of the Korean Conflict.

The assertion was signed whereas the leaders of the 2 Koreas have been current after their summit in Pyongyang.

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12:50 p.m.

A joint assertion says the 2 Koreas agreed to determine buffer zones alongside their land and sea borders to scale back army tensions and stop unintentional clashes.

The assertion signed by the nations’ protection chiefs additionally says the Koreas agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December with the purpose of eradicating them ultimately.

The assertion says the Koreas additionally agreed to no-fly zone above the army demarcation line that bisects the 2 Koreas that may apply to planes, helicopters and drones.

Seoul has been stressing the significance of decreasing the traditional army menace between the Korea to stop unintentional clashes that may escalate right into a nuclear battle.

The assertion was issued following the Pyongyang summit between North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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12:30 p.m.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Koreas have agreed to determine a joint army committee to guage methods to scale back tensions and keep communication to defuse crises and stop unintentional clashes.

Moon stated Wednesday the plans for the committee are a part of a dedication to take away “any threat that could cause war” on the Korean Peninsula. He was talking following the Pyongyang summit with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.

Moon’s authorities has been stressing the significance of decreasing the traditional army menace between the Korea to stop unintentional clashes that may escalate right into a nuclear battle.

The Koreas first agreed to type a joint army committee in 1991, however the plans weren’t carried out on account of turbulent relations between the rivals.

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12:20 p.m.

A Joint assertion says the 2 Koreas have agreed to hunt to acquire the rights to co-host the 2032 Summer time Olympics.

The assertion was launched by Seoul on Wednesday after a Pyongyang summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.

It says the 2 leaders additionally agreed to cooperate in main sports activities occasions such because the 2020 Summer time Olympics. It didn’t elaborate.

It says the 2 leaders have additionally agreed on a Pyongyang artwork troupe visiting Seoul for performances in October.

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12:10 p.m.

A joint assertion launched by Seoul exhibits North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has promised to visit Seoul “in the near future.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Pyongyang this week for a summit with Kim.

South Korean media pool footage present Moon informed reporters Wednesday that Kim might visit Seoul this yr.

If realized, he can be the primary North Korean chief to visit Seoul because the peninsula was divided into North and South on the finish of World Struggle II in 1945.

Kim’s late father, Kim Jong Il, had promised reciprocal visits when South Korean leaders visited him in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007. However his Seoul journey wasn’t realized earlier than his 2011 dying.

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Midday

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has agreed to completely dismantle a missile engine check website and a launch pad within the presence of worldwide specialists in what he described as a selected step towards denuclearization.

Moon additionally stated on Wednesday that the North agreed to take additional steps reminiscent of completely dismantling its principal Nyongbyon nuclear complicated if the USA takes corresponding measures.

Moon and Kim spoke at a information convention after signing a joint assertion following their second day of summit talks in Pyongyang.