Trump sends message to Kim through South Korean President

Trump sends message to Kim through South Korean President

Trump sends message to Kim through South Korean President

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, reaffirmed his plans to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as diplomatic efforts to persuade the communist state to give up its nuclear weapons have stalled.

"President Trump discussed his intention to have a second U.S. -DPRK summit", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, using the acronym for the North's formal name the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"We're getting along very well", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One during the return trip from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In June, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

In November the vice-president, Mike Pence, said Trump would push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programmes.

The US has given its support to the rail survey, but Mr Moon will have to have a number of hard conversations if he's to persuade President Donald Trump that easing sanctions at this stage would be worthwhile so the project can go ahead, our correspondent says.

However, North Korea has taken steps to cease its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

South Korean train crosses DMZ into North Korea

After Trump and Kim met in June in Singapore, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been stuck due to bilateral differences on key problems over the scale of denuclearisation, U.S. sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration, among others.

More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to the South since the 1950-53 war on the peninsula ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

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

Mr Kim and Mr Trump pledged at their first meeting to work towards denuclearisation, although the two sides have since made little progress agreeing on a timeline or concrete steps.

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

In his talks with Trump at the G-20 in Argentina, Moon earned some support for the Seoul summit from the United States leader - perhaps in a bid to entice Kim to make good on his pledge.

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