Ban Ki-moon urges N. Korea to take denuclearization steps

Ban Ki-moon urges N. Korea to take denuclearization steps

Moon made the remark onboard his presidential plane that Trump asked him during their meeting Friday at the G20 in Buenos Aires to personally convey the message to Kim, reports Efe news.

Trump has frequently described a warm personal relationship with Kim, arguing that this rapport would help him succeed at a diplomatic breakthrough that has eluded USA presidents since the 1950s.

When asked Saturday if he would ever host Kim in the United States, Trump replied: "At some point, yeah".

The first Trump-Kim summit took place in June in Singapore but Trump has said the next meeting will probably take place at a new location.

The postponement stirred concerns that nuclear talks between the US and North Korea had again bogged down, as Kim's regime seeks sanctions relief before taking key disarmament steps.

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

A United States think tank said last month 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 programs.

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President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell last week to the lowest point since he took office in May previous year, amid an economic slowdown and a stall in progress toward North Korea's denuclearization, a poll showed Monday.

However, despite the slow pace of developments between Washington and Seoul, the governments of Moon Jae-In and Kim Jong Un are taking the initiative in rebuilding positive inter-Korean relations.

On board is a team of South Korean experts investigating ways to help North Korea modernise its rail network.

The pair "reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea, Trump´s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border.

After Trump and Kim agreed to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in the first summit, progress has been largely symbolic owing to the absence of a clear route map for disarmament.

In September, the President said that he wanted to schedule a second summit with Kim.

"We're getting along very well, we have a good relationship", Trump also said.

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