Complete denuclearisation needed to end sanctions: Ban Ki-moon to N Korea

Complete denuclearisation needed to end sanctions: Ban Ki-moon to N Korea

Moon's spokesperson Kim Eui-Kyeom appreciated Trump's comment on second meet with Kim and said, "We hope a concrete agenda and logistics will be determined soon".

President Moon Jae-in says U.S. President Donald Trump has a very friendly view of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and is ready to give everything he promised to Pyongyang should it faithfully implement its denuclearization steps. The content of this image is as provided and can not be independently verified.

Trump said earlier in October that his meeting with Kim would be held after the midterm Congressional elections, and the venue of his second meeting with Kim had been narrowed down to "three or four" locations.

He said he would deliver the message if Kim visits Seoul this year.

Earlier Saturday, Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who threw his support behind further meetings between Trump and the North Korean leader.

Ban told The Associated Press on Monday that "this is the time" to achieve North Korea's denuclearisation after almost a quarter century of unsuccessful efforts, and that the world should not lose this opportunity.

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Trump and Xi agreed that "great progress has been made with respect to North Korea", the White House statement added. "He hopes to fully carry out the remaining agreements (from their June summit in Singapore) together with him so that he will make Chairman Kim Jong Un get what he wants", Moon said.

However, after hosting their third summit meeting with Moon in Pyongyang in September, Kim has agreed to visit Seoul.

As officials work to arrange a second meeting between Trump and Kim, South Korea's Moon Jae-in relayed a message to reporters given to him by the U.S. president to pass on to the North's leader.

News on the summit timeline comes despite the cancellation of recently planned talks between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DPRK counterpart Kim Yong Chol, as well as the retirement of CIA Korea Mission Center head Andrew Kim.

"I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons", Pence said.

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