Moon met Kim three times past year and also brokered nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang following tensions created by North's nuclear and missile tests and the exchange of war threats between Kim and President Donald Trump.
Moon met Kim three times past year and also brokered nuclear talks between North Korea and the USA following tensions created by the North's nuclear and missile tests and the exchange of war threats by Kim and President Donald Trump.
President Moon Jae-in, center, moves into a reception room in the Blue House along with military leaders who attended a ceremony where they were promoted to higher ranks on Monday. After the meeting with Moon, Trump said that "smaller deals" could happen "step by step" between the north and the United States, though his country and South Korea were focusing on "the big deal". Kim was expected to visit Moscow before the end of past year, but it did not materialize.
In his first public remarks since Kim's address, Moon said he "very much welcomed" that speech, saying it showed Kim's "unwavering" commitment toward denuclearization and the reopening of negotiations.
Moon said his summit with Trump removed uncertainties raised after the North-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, collapsed in February. In a recent speech, North Korea's leader said he was willing to hold another summit with the USA leader. He said the North's economy would prevail despite the heavy US -led sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he wouldn't "obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief".
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Kim said in his Friday speech that the South must end its dependence on the United States, but Moon stressed Monday the importance of the South-U.S. alliance.
"We are willing to give another try if the U.S. offers to have a third summit with the right attitude and mutually acceptable terms", he said, according to a report by North Korean state media outlet KCNA.
"I am confident your activities at the highest level will contribute to the development of the friendly relationship between our two countries and their people, and to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", the Russian president said in the letter.