North Korea's Kim sent message to Trump on atomic talks: Chosun Ilbo

Arturo Kim
January 1, 2019

Despite these setbacks, another summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim could happen in 2019.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization in a letter sent to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the weekend.

The speech will likely reflect on a year of diplomatic surprises by the reclusive leader, including an unprecedented summit with President Donald Trump and three meetings with South Korea's Moon Jae-in.

In a rare letter to Seoul, Mr Kim said he wished to pursue peace between the countries and "solve the issue of denuclearising the peninsula together", a spokesman for Mr Moon said.

North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear missiles, despite pledging to ditch the weapons programme earlier this year - it has been revealed.

In a tweet, Moon described the letter as "warm" and thanked Kim for sending it.

Kim had yet to confirm the timing of his unprecedented visit to Seoul, the South Korean capital, but the groups are already preparing for his arrival.

In an attempt to start working-level negotiations, the US said it would review its policy on humanitarian aid to North Korea.

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In his letter, Kim said his landmark 2018 meetings with Moon - one in Pyongyang, and two at the truce village of Panmunjom, on the border between North and South - resulted in "practical and bold measures" to overcome long-standing confrontation and remove fears of war from the peninsula, according to Moon's spokesman.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in posted on Facebook that Kim was open to holding more talks and that he had "redefined his standpoint in actively carrying out agreements in the inter-Korean summit as well as the U.S".

Moon added that he witnessed a sense of frustration over Kim not having been able to visit Seoul, which the two leaders agreed to during the third inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang this September.

Kim and Moon met three times this year, agreeing on steps to decrease military tensions and lay groundwork for economic exchange between their countries.

"The South Korean leader, . after receiving his first letter from Kim Jong-un in ten months - is set to send his own formal letter back soon".

During Moon's visit to Pyongyang in September, Kim promised to pay a return visit to Seoul "at an earliest date", sparking speculation that he may visit by the end of this year.

Post-summit nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang quickly settled into a stalemate as the countries struggled between the sequencing of the North's disarmament and the removal of USA -led worldwide sanctions against the North.

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