S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

  • S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

S.Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump has said his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will likely take place in January or February 2019 and that three locations are now under consideration, Reuters reported December 1.

Kim sharply raised tensions with nuclear and missile tests last year, but suddenly reached out to South Korea and the United States this year with a vague nuclear disarmament pledge. -North Korea summit and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to South Korea.

New Zealand is active in the monitoring of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, deploying an Air Force P-3K2 plane to patrol global waters in North Asia for signs of vessels undertaking activities such as ship-to-ship transfers.

Moon spoke shortly after a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern where they discussed how to secure a denuclearised Korean peninsula.

"President Trump and I share a view in that regard".

Mr Moon said that he would carry a warm message from Mr Trump to Mr Kim, who may visit Seoul as early as this month.

"New Zealand's stance on nuclear non-proliferation is clear and it is our hope that 2019 will see further progress towards achieving denuclearisation of North Korea in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and an enduring peace on the Korean peninsula", Ardern said in an emailed statement.

Speaking to reporters while on an official state visit to New Zealand, the South Korean President stressed that a Seoul summit would serve to "accelerate the denuclearization in the Korean peninsula".

After Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled due to differences on the scale of denuclearization, US sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration, among others.

"Until such time as North Korea abides by its worldwide obligations, full implementation of the United Nations Security Council sanctions resolutions will be essential".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said three sites were under consideration for a second U.S. -DPRK summit, and it would likely take place early next year.

Trade is also likely to feature, following New Zealand and South Korea signing a free trade agreement in 2015.