South Korean President says US President Donald Trump told him that he has a "very friendly view" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wants to fulfill his wishes if he denuclearises.
North Korea has demanded security guarantees from the US and relief from international sanctions.
The office of President Moon Jae-in quoted Moon as saying that Trump had asked him to forward this message to the North Korean leader if he visited Seoul this year, as promised. Moon spoke on Saturday with reporters on board his presidential plane en route from Argentina to New Zealand, where he met Trump on the sidelines of a summit meeting for the group of 20 nations.
"President Trump asked me to pass on these messages (Kim), he has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim Jong Un and he likes it, and he hopes the remaining agreements (from their June Summit in Singapore) will coincide Implement it fully so he can get Chairman Kim Jong Un to do what he wants. "Moon said.
After taunting Kim as a "small rocket man" last year and threatening his country with "fire and rage," Trump has given Kim praise. In September, Trump called Kim "very open" and "terrific" and said he and Kim "fell in love".
Moon said he and Trump agreed during their meeting that Kim's trip to Seoul would play a "very positive role." in the US North Korea nuclear diplomacy. Moon said it was still unclear whether Kim would visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it was up to the North Korean leader.
Moon, who has led a series of high-level talks between the United States and North Korea, including the Trump-Kim summit, has hit Kim three times this year. After her third meeting in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in September, Moon said Kim agrees to make a mutual visit to Seoul this year. Their two previous summits were held in the common border village Panmunjom of the countries.
When Kim, a third-generation hereditary ruler, visits Seoul, he would be the first North Korean leader since the late 1
After sharply tightening tensions with nuclear and missile testing last year, Kim abruptly pressed Moon and Trump with a vague nuclear disarmament promise. Subsequent nuclear diplomacy has not made any progress since the US-North Korea summit in June. Both Moon and Trump say the war fears on the Korean peninsula have dropped significantly.
Trump said on Air Force One when he returned to Washington from Argentina, his next meeting with Kim would probably take place in January or February. He said that there are three locations that they would not name.