Trump says he is expecting new letter from Kim Jong Un

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USA officials involved in the latest negotiations have said North Korea has refused to even start discussions about defining denuclearisation or other key terms such as "verifiable" and "irreversible", and has insisted the United States must first agree to simultaneous steps to reduce economic pressure.

The chief of South Korea's national security office Chung Eui-yong meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong Un has said he wants his people to focus more on how to grow North Korea's economy.

The senior officials stressed the need to return to the "Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration" signed in September 2002 by then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. He said this position is risky for South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The anniversary celebrations on Sunday will feature the first military parade since leader Kim Jonhg-un and US President Donald Trump held their historic summit in June in Singapore.

Kim also wants everyone to know that he has the deepest respect for Donald Trump.

Trump's statement came hours before the US Justice Department unveiled criminal charges against a North Korean government-linked hacker involved in several major cybercrimes, including the hacking of Sony Pictures and the theft of $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh.

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Kim Jong-Un will observe the 70 anniversary of North Korea's founding in Pyongyang today. The report largely based its conclusion on satellite photos, since the North Korean government has refused to let global inspectors examine its nuclear sites.

North Korea declared its establishment as an individual state in 1948 following Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945.

The North Korean leader also said he would take "more active" measures toward denuclearization if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Chung said.

Under the deal struck in Stockholm in May 2014, Tokyo and Pyongyang agreed on principles for negotiations toward settling the abduction issue, and that North Korea would comprehensively reinvestigate the fate of Japanese abducted by the North decades ago through its own panel.

Officials in Pyongyang must first make good on "their obligations that they committed to in Singapore", she said, referring to their pledge to denuclearize.

While the April declaration's language on denuclearization was considered weak, the document made inroads on a raft of other points of friction between the two Koreas.

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In exchange, he suggested, "North Korea would at that time hand over a listing of its nuclear weapons and missiles".

Observers say the military parade could cast doubt on North Korea's sincerity about denuclearising and pausing its missiles programme.

Another professor, Kim Joon-hyung of Handong University, found it significant that Kim did not link his Korean War peace treaty proposal to the removal of USA troops from the Korean peninsula.

The summit agreement also calls for efforts to formally end the 1950-53 war before the year's end.

US officials have said such a declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearisation, and create uncertainty about the objective of 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war.

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