Trump to grant Kim's wishes after denuclearisation: S. Korea President

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2018

"We're getting along very well", Trump said aboard Air Force One on Thursday as he prepared to travel to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"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".

US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in say tensions have eased significantly since then, but Ban, who is in Tokyo for a World Bank event, said the crisis is not over and that North Korea should fully disclose its nuclear weapons inventory to a trusted worldwide organisation such as the global Atomic Energy Agency.

He added that at some point he will invite Mr Kim to the US.

As officials work to arrange a second meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, Mr Moon relayed a message to reporters given to him by the US President to pass on to the North's leader. Both countries are non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, and the Netherlands also sits on the North Korea Sanctions committee.

Moon and Kim have met three times in 2018 amid warming ties between the two Koreas, with South Korea hoping to host a first-ever visit by Kim to Seoul before year's end.

"Mr President, I want to commend you again for your personal leadership over the past year to reduce tensions and establish a dialogue with North Korea", she said. Moon and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, arrived in the South Pacific nation late Sunday after attending the Group of 20 Nations summit in Argentina. Their two previous summits were held at the countries' shared border village of Panmunjom.

North Korea has also not made any concrete moves towards irreversibly dismantling any of its weapon programs, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously announcing the DPRK was still producing fissile material.

On Nov. 15, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that the USA will not require North Korea to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and missile sites before the two leaders meet for a second time.

Trump, who met Kim in Singapore in June, said on Saturday that he is likely to meet the North Korean leader for a second time in January or February, with three sites for their meeting under consideration.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has reported Mr Trump as saying he expects to hold a second summit with Mr Kim as soon as next month.

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