Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearization: S. Korea president

Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearization: S. Korea president

Trump to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes after denuclearization: S. Korea president

Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said "this is the time" to achieve North Korea's denuclearisation after almost a quarter century of unsuccessful efforts, and that the North and the world should not lose this opportunity.

"I think we're going to do one fairly (soon) - into January, February, I think", Trump said in remarks carried by the AFP news agency.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to meet with a top North Korean official in early November, but the meeting was abruptly put off, with North Korea insisting that Washington ease sanctions. Pence told NBC News last month the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit, but that the meeting must produce a concrete plan.

In a statement issued after Mr Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, the White House said the two men would strive with Mr Kim "to see a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula".

President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell last week to the lowest point since he took office in May past year, amid an economic slowdown and a stall in progress toward North Korea's denuclearization, a poll showed Monday.

She added that Trump and Moon renewed their commitment "to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of the North and agreed on the need to maintain economic sanctions "to ensure the DPRK understands that denuclearization is the only path".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with Ban Ki-Moon.

North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy military bunkers at parts of their common border as part of efforts to improve long-strained relations.

The South Koreans have expressed hope the visit - which would be a first for a North Korean leader - could happen by the end of this year. Re-connection of train line are in progress with another rail which links across the border.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is determined that this railway project will go ahead, says our correspondent.

Following Moon-Trump meet in G20 summit in Argentina, Moon has developed some respect and support for Seoul summit from the U.S. administration- aiming to entice Kim to hold a good pledge.

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.

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