Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Korea to take denuclearization steps

Korea to take denuclearization steps

Donald Trump wants North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to know that he likes him and will fulfil his wishes, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in says.

When asked Saturday if he would ever host the North Korean leader in the United States, Trump replied: "At some point, yeah".

Moon spoke to reporters on Saturday aboard his presidential plane en route to New Zealand from Argentina, where he met Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 Nations summit.

"We're getting along very well, we have a good relationship", Trump also said.

The two sides had reportedly been engaged in talks on the leaders' second meeting after the first, unprecedented one in Singapore in June.

The statement said Mr Xi and Mr Trump "agreed that great progress has been made with respect to North Korea".

In November the vice-president, Mike Pence, said Trump would push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programmes. Pence told NBC News last month the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit, but that the meeting must produce a concrete plan.

She added that Trump and Moon renewed their commitment "to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of the North and agreed on the need to maintain economic sanctions "to ensure the DPRK understands that denuclearization is the only path".

South Korean troops guided the North Korean defector to safety after surveillance equipment detected him crossing an eastern section of the so-called Military Demarcation Line that bisects the peninsula, the military said in a text message. But beyond surveys and tape-cuttings, the Koreas can not move much further along without the removal of USA -led sanctions against the North, which isn't likely to come before it takes firmer steps toward relinquishing its nuclear weapons and missiles.

Negotiations between the US and North Korea on ending its nuclear program have appeared to stall in the months since Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore in June.

But differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favored engagement with the North.

Pyongyang and Washington have repeatedly accused each other of failing to honour the vague agreements about denuclearisation they made at their landmark summit in Singapore in June.

If Kim, a third-generation hereditary ruler, visits Seoul, he would be the first North Korean leader do so since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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