Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Trump Favors Kim Jong-un Visit to Seoul

A South Korean train runs on the rail track which the two Koreas hope to eventually use as an international transport link near to the border villag A South Korean train runs on the rail track which the two Koreas hope to eventually use as an international transport link near to the border villag
| 06 December, 2018, 05:42

In his talks with Mr Trump in Argentina, Mr Moon earned some support for the Seoul summit from the United States leader - perhaps in a bid to entice Kim to make good on his pledge. Moon said it's still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it's up to the North Korean leader.

At the U.N. General Assembly in NY that year, for example, Trump said the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if it continued with its provocative actions.

Mr Trump's latest praise for Mr Kim, in the formal setting of a summit with Mr Moon, shows that he is still emphasising his personal rapport despite stalled nuclear talks. He said, "We are getting along very well".

During a third summit in Pyongyang in September, Kim promised to make a trip to the South "at an early date" in return for President Moon's visit to the North's capital, Yonhap news agency reported.

If Seoul gets Washington's understanding on Kim's visit, Moon will attempt to persuade Kim to visit Seoul this year, the report said.

While attending G20 summit, Trump had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Trump has told Jinping to agree with him to work "100 percent" on North Korea.

A South Korean train runs on the rail track which the two Koreas hope to eventually use as an international transport link near to the border villag
A South Korean train runs on the rail track which the two Koreas hope to eventually use as an international transport link near to the border villag

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the worldwide community if he wants sanctions lifted.

North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

On board is a team of South Korean experts investigating ways to help North Korea modernise its rail network. A timetable was not given due to a multiple layer of sanctions imposed against North Korea.

Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders said both the countries has "reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of the North Korea.

But differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Mr. Kim, as the dovish Mr. Moon has long favoured engagement with the North.

Talks on a follow-up to the two leaders' first meeting in June in Singapore have been underway since July, a senior USA official told Reuters in October.


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