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S. Korean President confident of 2nd Trump-Kim summit

IANS  |  Seoul 

South Korean on Thursday said he was confident that a second summit between his US counterpart and North Korean leader would be held soon.

Delivering his New Year's address, Moon said that Kim's visit to earlier this week showed that a second US-North Korean leaders' summit was imminent, reports news.

"I believe Kim's visit is a sign that the second North Korea-U.S. summit is not far away. has continued to play a positive role in the process of inter-Korean dialogue, as well as U.S.-North talks", Moon said.

In the televised press conference from the Cheong Wa Dae presidential office, he also urged to take more concrete measures towards denuclearizing the regime.

"I believe North needs to take practical denuclearization steps more boldly if it wishes to resolve the issue of international sanctions because the issue of international sanctions depends on the speed of North Korea's denuclearization process", Moon said, although he also stressed the need for the international community to show reciprocal steps to hasten the process.

Moon's remarks came after Chinese reported that Kim during his talks with Chinese on Tuesday in Beijing, said his country will make efforts for the second summit with the US leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community.

During the talks, Kim said North will continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation, according to

Kim said he hoped that relevant parties will attach importance to and positively respond to North Korea's legitimate concerns, and jointly push for a comprehensive resolution of the issue.

Kim's visit to this week was his fourth in the last year and came amid reported preparations for a second meeting between Kim and US to resume denuclearization talks.

The first meeting between Kim and Xi in took place ahead of North Korea's participation in held in South Korea, which kicked off a process of rapprochement between the two Koreas.

The other two summits with Xi in May and June occurred soon after Kim's meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and with Trump in

During the summit, the US and agreed to work towards denuclearization in return for security guarantees from

Talks are currently stalled due to the lack of a clear disarmament road map.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 11:40 IST