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Kim visit to Seoul a possibility: S Korea

06 December 2018

United States President Donald Trump will grant North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un his wishes if he delivers on denuclearisation, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said, following talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit.

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.

Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Auckland today and tomorrow and will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Minister Winston Peters to discuss trade, co-operation and global efforts to denuclearise North Korea.

In this undated photo released Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Wonsan Shoes Factory in Gangwon, North Korea.

When asked about a future meeting, Trump said: "I think we're going to do one fairly (soon) - into January, February, I think". After their third meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, in September, Moon said Kim agreed to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul this year. When asked Saturday if he would ever host Kim in the United States, the Republican president replied: "At some point, yeah".

"This will be the first time that the North Korean leader will visit Seoul since Korea was divided into two countries", he said. But both Moon and Trump say fears of war on the Korean Peninsula have eased sharply.

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.

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

Trump and Moon announced after their landmark summit in Singapore in June that they had agreed to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, although the two sides have since made little progress agreeing on a timeline or other concrete steps.

Differences also remain between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Mr Kim, as the dovish Mr Moon favours more robust engagement with the North.

Ban said he hopes their second summit will occur at a time when the global community feels confident about North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation.

Three sites are being considered, he added.

Kim visit to Seoul a possibility: S Korea