Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea's leader frequently in 2019

Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea's leader frequently in 2019

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) and North Koran leader Kim Jong-un stand at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea in September.

Kim Han-sung, 28, who heads Korea Progressive University Student's Union, a branch of the praise committee, told the Telegraph the welcoming parties had been inspired in part by President Moon's warm reception in Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to meet the South's President Moon Jae-in "frequently" next year to discuss denuclearisation of the peninsula in a rare letter sent to Seoul, Moon's office said Sunday.

In response, Moon said on his social media account that he was "very glad" to see Kim's "willingness to meet often in the new year to resolve the practical issues of peace and prosperity and the denuclearization issue". But the US maintains it will keep sanctions in place against North Korea.

Kim had yet to confirm the timing of his unprecedented visit to Seoul, the South Korean capital, but the groups are already preparing for his arrival.

The North Korean leader sent a letter to the neighboring president on Sunday where, among other things, he highlighted the three bilateral summits and their positive impact on the de-escalation between the north and south of the peninsula.

During Moon's visit to Pyongyang in September, Kim promised to pay a return visit to the South's capital Seoul "at an earliest date", sparking speculation he may visit by the end of this year.

The report did not include details about the substance of the message but said they related to U.S-North Korea talks.

Cross-border ties improved markedly in 2018 as Kim made a series of reconciliatory gestures - including a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in June in Singapore.

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

Talks between the USA and North Korea have made little progress since Trump and Kim held an unprecedented summit in June and signed to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", without defining the term or setting a deadline.

Pyongyang opened the path to a succession of talks with Seoul in early January, with Kim and Moon summits, reciprocal trips by senior officials, the presence of the north at the Winter Olympics and even artistic performances on both sides.

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