Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea’s Kim in January or February

Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea’s Kim in January or February

Trump also said that "at some point" he would invite Kim to visit the USA, though he gave no indication of when.

"President Trump asked me to forward to (Kim) these messages; he has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim Jong Un and likes him".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the G20.

Kim had been expected to visit Seoul in mid-December but the North asked for a delay citing internal affairs.

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

Last month, a planned meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and North Korean official Kim Yong Chol to discuss details of a potential second summit was called off.

Moon also emphasized he and Trump agreed that Kim's trip to Seoul would help build a momentum for denuclearization efforts in the Korean peninsula.

Mr Moon's office welcomed Mr Trump's comments about a second summit with Kim.

The incident did not trigger any gunfire, unlike past year when a North Korean soldier ran across under a hail of bullets from his own side. But critics say the South risks conceding some of its conventional military strength before North Korea takes any meaningful steps on denuclearization, as the larger nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang seemingly drift into a stalemate.

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

They also had to get special one-off clearance from the United Nations to get around sanctions, which prohibit taking fuel and certain equipment into North Korea.

But differences remain between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon favours more robust engagement with the North.

North Korean and South Korean soldiers are pictured during an operation to reconnect a road across the Military Demarcation Line inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas (Novemeber 22, 2018).

Trump has frequently described a warm personal relationship with Kim, arguing that this rapport would help him succeed at a diplomatic breakthrough that has eluded US presidents since the 1950s.

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