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South Korean President Still Hopes to Host Kim Jong Un This Year

06 December 2018

Trump added that at some point he will invite Kim to the United States. -North Korea summit, which Trump has said he hopes to hold with Kim in January or February.

However, Washington is taking a more cautious approach towards Pyongyang amid sparring over interpretation of a vaguely worded denuclearisation document signed at the Singapore summit. "We have a good relationship with [North Korean dictator] Kim Jong-un".

"Whether it's this year or not isn't that important, what's important is that the North Korea leader's visit to South Korea will definitely accelerate the denuclearisation process in the Korean peninsula".

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Trump's latest praise for Kim, in the formal setting of a summit with Moon, shows that he is still emphasising his personal rapport despite stalled nuclear talks.

North Korea had entered into agreements with regional powers in 1994 and in 2005 to dismantle its nuclear program in return for economic benefits and diplomatic rewards, but those deals broke down after Pyongyang clandestinely continued to pursue building weapons of mass destruction. But differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North.

New Zealand has been working with the United States to help small Pacific nations audit and strengthen their shipping registers to avoid vessels with ties to North Korea using their flags to skirt sanctions. Moon said it's still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it's up to the North Korean leader.

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North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy some military bunkers along their common border as part of the detente.

On Nov. 7, the State Department announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee, which had been scheduled in NY for Nov. 8, would "take place at a later date".

South Korea's president said Tuesday no timeframe has been set for a historic visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite both hoping it will take place this year.

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

South Korean President Still Hopes to Host Kim Jong Un This Year