Ban Ki-moon urges N Korea to take denuclearization steps

06 December, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore in June 2018

US President Donald Trump wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to know that he likes him and will fulfil his wishes, South Korea's President Moon Jae In said on Sunday, a day after meeting Mr Trump at an economic summit in Argentina.

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.

"Ever since South and North Korea were divided into two countries, this will be the first time that a North Korean leader will visit South Korea", Moon said through an interpreter.

While the North has repeatedly stressed these reciprocal measures should involve relief from worldwide sanctions, President Moon on Tuesday said he believed there were other ways for Washington to build trust.

President Moon Jae-in met with New Zealand's main opposition leader on Monday during his state visit to the country and discussed ways to advance bilateral cooperation.

According to several Western media outlets, Trump told them aboard Air Force One after attending the Group of 20 (G20) summit that the meeting would occur early in 2019. "We can improve South and North Korean relations as well as attain permanent peace on the Korean peninsula and denuclearisation".

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After Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled due to differences on the scale of denuclearization, US sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration, among others.

"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". In September Trump called Kim "very open" and "terrific", and said he and Kim "fell in love".

North Korea had been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its campaign.

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

He said he hopes to take a two-track approach with Tokyo on North Korea, . something he says Japanese government will agree on.

Trade is also likely to feature, following New Zealand and South Korea signing a free trade agreement in 2015.

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