North Korean leader calls for more peace talks with south

North Korean leader calls for more peace talks with south

North Korean leader calls for more peace talks with south

In his meetings with Moon and Trump, Kim signed on to vague statements calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when or how it would occur. The Blue House didn't fully disclose Kim's letter.

In an attempt to start working-level negotiations, the USA said it would review its policy on humanitarian aid to North Korea.

On Sunday, the office of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Kim had sent a letter to his counterpart in Seoul, saying he wanted to hold more inter-Korean summits next year.

Kim also urged the North Korean people to strengthen their "self-reliance", a message that echoed Chinese President Xi Jinping's similar address Monday night.

All eyes and ears are concentrated on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his New Year speech, with speculation on whether he will say anything to encourage stalled denuclearization North-U.S. talks in response to the softened U.S. stance on the North and further details on his anticipated visit to Seoul.

Moon later thanked Kim for his "warm" letter in a tweeted message and said without elaborating that Kim expressed strong willingness to carry out the agreements he made this year during a series of inter-Korean summits and a historic June meeting with President Donald Trump.

The tweet also included a photo that showed a ruby-colored folder emblazoned with the seal of Pyongyang's powerful State Affairs Commission and the top part of Kim's letter, which started with: 'Dear your excellency President Moon Jae-in. On Feb. 10, Kim's sister Yo-jong, the first vice-director of the North's Workers' Party Central Committee, delivered a letter to Moon at Cheong Wa Dae when she visited the South to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Moon and Kim met three times this year in which they agreed to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to cooperate in easing tensions and bolstering cross-border exchanges.

Trump said last week that he was "looking forward" to his second summit with Kim, which the USA says may take place early next year.

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. Officials in neighboring countries follow the speeches closely to obtain overall information about the country and how it will act on diplomatic issues such as its nuclear weapons program.

Moon said in a Facebook post, "I welcome Kim's intention to meet frequently in the New Year and discuss measures to achieve peace and prosperity and denuclearization".

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