North Korea's Kim sent message to Trump on atomic talks: Chosun Ilbo

Kim Jong Un speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang North Korea Sept. 19 2018

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he wants to hold more summits with South Korea's Moon Jae-in next year to achieve the goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Moon's office said on Sunday (Dec 30).

The timing of the speech is unclear, since North Korea rarely provides advance notice about Kim's schedule.

Kim said he was willing to meet the USA 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.

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

President Moon said South Korea is "unchanged in welcoming" Kim's reciprocal visit to the South Korean capital. "However, our hearts will become more open if we put in that much effort".

The U.S. military, Japan Self-Defense Forces and South Korean military are constantly monitoring North Korea for radio waves from their missiles.

"Chairman Kim said that the two leaders have induced practical and aggressive measures that go beyond the long-running confrontation by meeting three times in a year and emphasized that they have liberated their people from military tensions and fear of war", he added.

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"Chairman Kim said he will keep a close eye on the situation and expressed strong will to visit Seoul".

WHILE Kim Jong Un has always been regarded as a dictator in South Korea, the North Korean leader can expect a warm welcome from a portion of his estranged neighbours who have set up fan clubs in anticipation of his future visits.

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

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.

Post-summit nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang quickly settled into a stalemate as the countries struggled between the sequencing of the North's disarmament and the removal of USA -led worldwide sanctions against the North.

"I welcome chairman Kim's intention to solve together the issue of meeting frequently even next year", Moon said in a statement.

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