Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

South Korea’s Moon: Trump wants to grant Kim Jong Un’s wishes

South Korea’s Moon: Trump wants to grant Kim Jong Un’s wishes

Moon emphasised the impact Kim's presence in South Korea would have on the two nations.

South Korea has been seeking to balance progressing its relationship with the North while also keeping Washington onside.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still visit Seoul for the first time in the next few weeks, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said today, describing the possible trip as a major boost in efforts to make the peninsula nuclear-free.

"There is a possibility that Chairman Kim Jong-un's visit to Seoul may be made within this year, but there's more important things than the timing", he said in translated remarks during a visit to New Zealand.

"We're getting along very well".

"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", Moon said.

In his talks with Trump in Argentina, Moon earned some support for the Seoul summit from the USA leader - perhaps in a bid to entice Kim to make good on his pledge.

"That's why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive".

On Nov. 15, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that the USA will not require North Korea to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and missile sites before the two leaders meet for a second time. When asked last Saturday if he would ever host the North Korean leader in the US, Mr Trump replied: "At some point, yeah".

Moon said a second summit between Kim and Trump will prove to be the "most critical moment" for North Korea's denuclearisation.

The two leaders signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula, but progress since has stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over the meaning of the document.

"The crisis is still continuing because of North Korea's development of nuclear, missile and weapons program and materials".

North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy military bunkers along parts of their common border amid efforts to improve long-strained ties.

Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

Trump recently said he is likely to hold a second summit with Kim in January or February.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has reported Mr Trump as saying he expects to hold a second summit with Mr Kim as soon as next month. He said there were three sites under consideration, but declined to name them.

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