North Korea’s Kim wants more summits with Moon next year - Blue House

Posted January 02, 2019

This photo taken on August 10, 2015 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 11, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (from L) meeting Korth Korean women footballers upon their arrival at Pyongyang Airport after winning the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup.

Kim Jong Un said North Korea would take a new path if the US insisted on keeping sanctions, delivering a pointed message to President Donald Trump in his New Year's address.

The Chosun Ilbo report also said Kim wrote in the letter to Moon that he would come to the South "in the near future" after giving a New Year address on Tuesday.

"At the current rate of production, North Korea could have around 100 warheads by 2020 - nearly half the size of the U.K.'s stockpile", it quoted Robert Litwak of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington as saying.

Kim vowed to work towards denuclearisation at his landmark summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June but the two sides have since made little progress, struggling to reschedule a high-level meeting abruptly called off in November.

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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.

In a tweet, Moon described the letter as "warm" and thanked Kim for sending it.

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 Trump at any time and urged corresponding measures from the U.S.

Moon's office said Kim requested more peace talks between the two nations and expressed regret he couldn't make it to South Korea for a planned visit by the end of December, which was pledged by both leaders during their last summit together in Pyongyang in September.

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Despite these setbacks, another summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim could happen in 2019.

Meanwhile Ted Poe, the chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, told Congress that the West's maximum pressure policy "appears at risk due to South Korea's dovish president".

The spokesperson quoted Kim as saying the two leaders went beyond the long-running confrontation between the two Koreas and liberated their people from military tension and fear of war by meeting three times this year.

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.

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