South Korean President says visit from North Korea's Kim 'a possibility'

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore in June 2018

Trump Claims North Korea Summit Likely in 2019 as Seoul Prepares to Invite Kim AFP SAUL LOEB3 Dec 2018

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.

"And the message was that President Trump has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim and that he likes him, and so he wishes Chairman Kim would implement the rest of their agreement and that he would make what Chairman Kim wants come true", Mr Moon told Yonhap News Agency on Sunday, while en route to New Zealand.

President Moon Jae-in is calling on South Korea and Japan to cleverly handle their uncomfortable history, ... and secure future-oriented relations that are not affected by what happened in the past.

"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. When asked Saturday if he would ever host Kim in the United States, the Republican president replied: "At some point, yeah".

"We have actually talked about three sites, we haven't determined the sites", he said. The invitation forms part of his government's policy to push through peace negotiations in a bid to end hostilities between the two countries. North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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.

In a speech to the leaders on the last day of the G20, President Moon shared his administration's ambitious goal of cutting the country's reliance on coal and nuclear power and increasing the proportion of electricity it gets from renewable sources, ... something he's promised to raise to 20 percent by the year 2030.

Mr Trump, who met Mr Kim in Singapore in June, said on Saturday that he is likely to meet the North Korean leader for a second time in January or February, with three sites for their meeting under consideration.

"I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons", Pence said. The statement said Xi and Trump 'agreed that great progress has been made with respect to North Korea'.

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