North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his June summit with US President Donald Trump has stabilized the regional security situation.
South Korean media pool reports say Kim made the comment during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The reports say Kim thanked Moon for brokering his summit with Trump in Singapore.
The leaders of the two Koreas had their first in-depth talks in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The talks are to continue Wednesday and Moon is expected to return to Seoul on Thursday.
The leaders of the two Koreas have begun their summit talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and other issues.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in flew to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Tuesday for his third summit of the year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Moon’s office says the talks with Kim began at a ruling Workers’ Party building in Pyongyang.
It says two senior officials from both countries are also attending the meeting with the leaders.
Moon and Kim are to meet again on Wednesday.
Moon’s office says the summit will focus on how to achieve denuclearization, reduce military tensions between the Koreas and promote ties.
Britain’s top diplomat says it’s time for North Korea to take concrete actions toward eliminating its nuclear weapons.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday in Tokyo that dialogue has helped improve the atmosphere “but we need to see actions now.”
He spoke as South Korean President Moon Jae-in was visiting Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to revitalize the North’s denuclearization talks with the United States.
Hunt told The Associated Press that Britain is ready to relax economic sanctions on North Korea when there is concrete evidence of a change from the North Korean side.
He is in Japan to hold “strategic dialogue” talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are holding a car parade along Pyongyang streets.
The recorded South Korean media pool footage showed the two leaders aboard a convertible black limousine smiling and waving their hands as residents, many wearing colorful traditional handbook dresses, chanted and waved plastic flowers.
A convoy of sedans and motorcycles were the only other cars on the neatly manicured route.
Moon arrived Tuesday morning for a three-day visit. They’re holding their third summit and will attempt to improve ties and resolve a standoff in nuclear disarmament talks.
North Korea says the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will offer an important opportunity in “further accelerating the development” in relations between the rivals.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency published the statement on Tuesday hours before the Korean leaders were expected to meet in Pyongyang for their third summit this year amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff.
The summit will likely be a crucial indicator of how the larger nuclear negotiations with the United States will proceed. Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have sputtered in recent weeks, raising doubts about Kim’s supposed willingness to relinquish his nuclear arsenal and putting the pressure on Moon to broker progress once again.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will push for “irreversible, permanent peace” and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, during “heart-to-heart” talks with Kim.