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Moon Jae-in bats for second Trump-Kim summit

ANI  |  Seoul [South Korea] 

South Korean on Thursday called for a second meeting between North Korean leader and US Donald Trump, even as talks between the two countries remained at standstill over Pyongyang's "slow" progress of denuclearisation.

Moon also spoke of Kim's proposed visit to Seoul, which was supposed to take place in December, but got shelved off due to unknown reasons. He believed that Kim's visit and the second meeting between the North Korean leader and Trump will "firmly solidify peace" in the

"The second North Korea-summit that will take place soon and a reciprocal visit to by of North will be other turning points that will firmly solidify peace in the Korean Peninsula," Moon was quoted by as saying.

"We will not loosen our until the promise to denuclearise the Peninsula is kept, and peace is fully institutionalised," he added.

Moon said that the "path toward peace in the still continues to expand even at this moment, and it will speed up even more this year."

The South Korean President's comments came after Kim paid an unannounced three-day visit to Beijing, where he held talks with Chinese Although, the details of the meeting were not disclosed, the stated that the two nations were making "joint efforts to uphold peace and stability in the "

Trump and Kim had met for the very first time in in June last year, where the two leaders agreed to take steps to ensure the communist country's complete dismantling of nuclear weapons programme and achieving denuclearisation.

Earlier this week, Trump said the US is mulling over a location to conduct the second meeting with Kim, adding that the latter spoke to him "indirectly." He reaffirmed that relations with North were progressing at a good pace.

Even though engagements between and reached new heights in 2018 with the unprecedented first meeting between the US President and Kim, the last few months of the year saw a stalemate in relations.

North Korea, on the one hand, has asked for corresponding measures by the US for its efforts towards denuclearisation. The US, on the other hand, has pushed for complete denuclearisation before a relaxation in sanctions.

Kim, in his New Year's speech, threatened that his country would have to "seek a new way" if the US "does not make good on its promises" with regard to denuclearisation and continued with its sanctions.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 13:10 IST