South Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

Kim Jong-un could visit Seoul for the first time South Korean President Moon Jae-in says

Kim Jong-un could visit Seoul for the first time South Korean President Moon Jae-in says

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in says U.S. President Donald Trump told him he has a "very friendly view" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wants to grant his wishes if he denuclearizes.

Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook are on their way home from the G20 summit in Argentina, where Washington reaffirmed its hardline on sanctions against North Korea. -North Korea summit and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's visit to South Korea.

Pence said last month it was essential that worldwide sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearization was achieved. "We can improve South and North Korean relations as well as attain permanent peace on the Korean peninsula and denuclearisation". Moon made the comments to reporters on the final day of a visit to New Zealand.

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.

Trump and Kim met for the first time in June in Singapore, where they issued a vague statement on a nuclear-free peninsula without describing how and when it would occur.

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".

North Korea had been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its campaign.

After their third meeting in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, in September, Moon said Kim agreed to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul in 2018.

Instead, the second Trump-Kim meeting will be where a "verifiable plan" to disclose the sites and weapons must be reached, Pence said.

Earlier on Friday, while meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, Trump discussed his intention to hold a second U.S. -DPRK summit, and restated with Moon a common commitment to work closely together on making it happen.

Moon's programme in Auckland includes a ceremony of welcome and a state lunch hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House, a wreath laying ceremony and tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and an engagement with the Korean community in Auckland.

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