North Korea, South Korea hold high-level talks in Pyongyang

North Korea, South Korea hold high-level talks in Pyongyang
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North and South Korea held a high-level meeting in Pyongyang on Friday to work on the implementation of agreements made by their respective leaders last month, according to The Associated Press.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un agreed to set of confidence-building measures at their summit. These included halting military drills in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), removing guard posts in the DMZ and creating accidental clash prevention mechanisms.

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South Korea Unification Minster Cho Myoung-gyon and senior North Korean official Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North Korean agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs, met in Pyongyang to celebrate the anniversary of the 2007 summit between the Koreas.

The Koreas have had a series of talks recently, mostly focused on resolving their nuclear standoff. Moon claims to have received positive affirmation from Kim regarding denuclearization.

Much of the effort to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions also depends on America. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoKobach has lead in Kansas Senate race unless Pompeo enters: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE is set to meet with Kim this Sunday, likely to negotiate a second summit between President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE and Kim.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho made clear at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York that confidence from the U.S. is essential to successful denuclearization.

“Without any trust in the U.S. there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first,” he said in a Sept. 29 speech at the annual meeting.