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Unless the contents of the declaration provide an assurance that US will not pose a security threat to North Korea, it is unlikely to mark a real beginning of the process of complete denuclearization

The message from the North’s ruling party comes days after the two countries struggled to even lay a foundation stone for a proposed railway project due to international sanctions and US interference

A recent commentary in the North Korean news agency, KCNA, noted that unilateral denuclearization would lead to the “creation of a defenseless state where the balance in nuclear strategic strength is destroyed and the crisis of a nuclear war is brought forth”

South Korea has been trying to convince the US to declare a formal end to the war. This may be followed by Kim taking further steps towards denuclearization

Kim Jong-un also offered to shut down a nuclear site if the US took a step towards peace first. These proposals were made on the second day of a three-day summit between the leaders of the Koreas in Pyongyang

Newsclick discusses what the inter-Korea summit, the third this year, could mean for the future of the relations between the two nations.

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