Published: Thu, December 06, 2018

SKorea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

SKorea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in say tensions have eased significantly since then, but Ban, who is in Tokyo for a World Bank event, said the crisis is not over and that North Korea should fully disclose its nuclear weapons inventory to a trusted global organisation such as the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency.

Kim sharply raised tensions with nuclear and missile tests last year, but suddenly reached out to South Korea and the United States this year with a vague nuclear disarmament pledge.

"This will be the first time that a North Korean leader will visit South Korea so, although there is no time frame set for that, still that's very meaningful", he continued, adding that a Seoul summit would help improve relations between the USA and North Korea.

Pence said last month it was essential that worldwide sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearization was achieved.

Background: During a sit-down at the G-20 summit, Trump asked South Korean President Moon Jae In to relay a message to Kim that Washington is prepared to hold its promises only after North Korea fulfills its steps toward denuclearization.

President Moon Jae-in met with New Zealand's main opposition leader on Monday during his state visit to the country and discussed ways to advance bilateral cooperation.

"There is a possibility that Chairman Kim Jong Un's Seoul visit may be made within the year", Moon told a joint press conference with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, in comments carried by Yonhap News Agency.


"We're getting along very well", Trump said aboard Air Force One on Thursday as he prepared to travel to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The White House said in a statement on Saturday after Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that they and Kim will strive "to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula".

Moon has met Kim three times this year.

His words suggest that he persuaded Mr Trump in talks in Buenos Aires that warmer relations between North and South Korea do not undermine the pressure being exerted on Mr Kim by global sanctions.

Last month, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump would push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programs.

Should the visit go ahead, it will be the first by a DPRK leader to the South since the end of the Korean War. In June, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

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