SEOUL, South Korea – 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 taken security guarantees from the US and relief from international sanctions.
President Moon Jae-in's office quoted Moon as saying that Trump had asked him to deliver these messages 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 get what he wants. "Moon said.
Moon said he and Trump agreed during their meeting that Kim's trip to Seoul would play a "very positive role" in nuclear diplomacy in the US and North Korea. 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 took place in the common border town of Panmunjom.
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 tests last year, Kim Jong Un abruptly turned to 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.
Trump told Air Force One when he returned to Washington from Argentina that his next meeting with Kim Jong Un would likely take place in January or February. He said that there are three sites that they do not mention.