Trump sends message to Kim through S.Korean President


The United States President Donald Trump on Saturday, expressed his hope to hold a second summit with North Korean President Kim Jong Un in the 2019 earlies - January or February, as soon as possible.

Prospects for a second summit to overcome a current logjam in negotiations will likely depend on whether either the US or DPRK can show flexibility with regards to offering gestures surrounding sanctions relief or steps towards denuclearization.

South Korea's Moon has facilitated a series of high-level talks between the U.S. and North Korea, including a summit between Trump and Kim in June, and has met Kim three times this year.

As reported by the Atlantic, rapidly improving relations between the North and South over the past year are a good indication that the conflict, which has spanned almost 70 years since the initiation of hostilities in 1950 may finally be coming to an end. "We have a good relationship", Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he returned from the G20 summit.

The rare defection came as the two Koreas push ahead with a process of reconciliation in an effort to ease tensions, despite talks between Pyongyang and Washington on the North's nuclear weapons programme stalling.

Moon said he and Trump agreed that Kim's visit to Seoul will provide fresh momentum for the US and North Korea's denuclearization dialogue, easing concerns that the visit could cause a strain.

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The White House said in a statement on Saturday after Trump's meeting with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, that they and Kim would strive "to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula".

'We actually have talked about three sites, we haven't determined the sites, ' he said, sparking speculation that Kim could make an historic first visit to the US.

However, after hosting their third summit meeting with Moon in Pyongyang in September, Kim has agreed to visit Seoul. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

"The two leaders agreed Chairman Kim Jong Un's visit to Seoul would provide additional momentum to their joint efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula", Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said.

Subsequent nuclear diplomacy hasn't made headway since the U.S.