Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Blue House: North Korea’s Kim wants more summits with Moon next year

Blue House: North Korea’s Kim wants more summits with Moon next year

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In his own message, Moon thanked Kim for his "warm" letter and said he was still invited to South Korea, according to the AP. The report did not include details about the substance of the message but said they related to U.S-North Korea talks.

For Kim, working with South Korea has been a lot more productive than working with the US.

"Chairman Kim expressed a strong willingness to visit Seoul as he monitors the situation", South Korean Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters in a televised briefing on Sunday.

An image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a park near the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

"[Chairman Kim] redefined his standpoint in actively carrying out agreements in the inter-Korean summit as well as the US-DPRK summit", Moon wrote, continuing, "I welcome chairman Kim's intentions to meet several times in the new year to find solution for denuclearization and to solve practical problems in achieving peace and prosperity". "There's no change in our heart about welcoming Chairman Kim [to the South]".

Moon's tweet included photos of the top part of the letter, which began with: "Dear your excellency President Moon Jae-in".

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Soldiers from the two Koreas shake hands as they gather at Arrowhead Ridge, a site of fierce battles in the 1950-53 Korean War, to build a tactical road across the Military Demarcation Line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Moon's office did not reveal how Kim Jong Un's letter was delivered or whether he made any comments about his planned second summit with Trump in 2019.

The stalled negotiations had an impact on inter-Korean ties, including Kim's unrealized plan to visit Seoul this year as agreed their summit in Pyongyang in September.

Kim said he was willing to meet the US president at any time, mixing in conciliatory messages with his warnings of conflict to Washington and Seoul in his annual speech where he laid out policy priorities for his isolated and impoverished country.

As 2018 draws to a close, Kim has again vowed to resolve the denuclearization issue in his letter to Moon - but visible steps showing North Korea has indeed stopped developing its nuclear arsenal remain to be seen.

The letter comes days before Kim is expected to address North Koreans in a New Year's speech that North Korean leaders traditionally use to announce major policy decisions and goals.

Denuclearizing the peninsula was the focus of the summit in Singapore last June between Kim and Trump.

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