Trump to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in new year

Frederick Owens
December 4, 2018

US President Donald Trump said that he thinks he will meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un in early 2019.

Trump also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, when they reviewed the recent developments in the DPRK and discussed how best to work with the global community, including South Korea, to maintain pressure until the DPRK implements its commitment to denuclearize.

A USA thinktank said in November it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Kim to give up his weapons programmes.

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

Trump highlighted during the meetings he held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires with Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the necessity to maintain sanctions given that Pyongyang was yet to show any progress in denuclearization.

According to a statement issued by the White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders, Trump and Moon met on the margins of the Group of 20 (G20) "to discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

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In September Trump drew applause from a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally by describing "beautiful" letters he had exchanged with Kim, saying: "We fell in love, ok?"

After deriding Kim previous year as "little rocket man" and threatening his country with "fire and fury", Trump has bestowed Kim with praise.

"As he promised, President Moon should invite Kim to Seoul and convince him" of making headway in the stalled denuclearization talks, former Unification Minster Jeong Se-hyun said during a meeting with liberal politicians on Saturday.

Despite the warming ties, it remains unclear whether the North's leader Kim Jong Un will make his first-ever visit to the South this year, as Seoul is hoping.

If Kim, a third-generation hereditary ruler, visits Seoul, he would be the first North Korean leader do so since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Trump told reporters traveling home to Washington with him aboard Air Force One from Argentina that "three sites" were in consideration for the meeting, a follow-up to their historic summit in Singapore in June.

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