Koreas | Ban Ki-moon urges North to take denuclearization steps

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Trump told reporters travelling 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.

Trump added that at some point he will invite Kim to the United States. The former South Korean foreign minister said on Monday "this is the time" to achieve Pyongyang's denuclearization after almost a quarter century of unsuccessful efforts, adding that the North and the world should not lose this opportunity. "President Trump has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim and he wishes Chairman Kim would implement the rest of their agreement and that he would make what Chairman Kim wants come true,"...

Moon's programme in Auckland includes a ceremony of welcome and a state lunch hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House, a wreath laying ceremony and tour of Auckland War Memorial Museum, and an engagement with the Korean community in Auckland.

Trump's latest praise for Kim, in the formal setting of a summit with Moon, shows that he is still emphasising his personal rapport despite stalled nuclear talks.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization if he wants sanctions lifted.

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North Korea, has been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear programme. Despite the warming ties, it remains unclear whether Kim will make his first-ever visit to the South this year, as Seoul is hoping.

Speaking at a news conference following that announcement, President Moon said Kim would fly to Seoul within the year, unless "special circumstances" arose.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday (Dec 4) a visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "a possibility" and that such a trip would help to improve Pyongyang's relationship with the United States. But prospects of a fourth Moon-Kim meeting have recently dimmed, with negotiations on denuclearizing the North grinding to a halt.

Earlier on Friday, while meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, Trump discussed his intention to hold a second U.S. -DPRK summit, and restated with Moon a common commitment to work closely together on making it happen.

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