Trump wants Kim to know he likes him: S Korean leader

North Korea subject of talks between Sth Korean President and PM Jacinda Ardern in Auckland

North Korea subject of talks between Sth Korean President and PM Jacinda Ardern in Auckland

When asked about a future meeting, Trump said: "I think we're going to do one fairly (soon) - into January, February, I think".

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.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in says U.S. President Donald Trump told him he has a "very friendly view" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wants to grant his wishes if he denuclearizes.

He added that at some point he will invite Mr Kim to the US.

U.S. officials insist on the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula before sanctions are lifted.

North Korea has also not made any concrete moves towards irreversibly dismantling any of its weapon programs, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously announcing the DPRK was still producing fissile material. After their third meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, in September, Moon said Kim agreed to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul this year.

Since the first summit in June, progress on North Korea's denuclearization appears to have stalled, with neither side making headway on key stumbling blocks. But differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North.

North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy some military bunkers along their common border as part of the detente.

In this undated photo released Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Wonsan Shoes Factory in Gangwon, North Korea.

In a speech to the leaders on the last day of the G20, President Moon shared his administration's ambitious goal of cutting the country's reliance on coal and nuclear power and increasing the proportion of electricity it gets from renewable sources, ... something he's promised to raise to 20 percent by the year 2030.

Moon made the comment when asked by reporters during a state visit to New Zealand about the likely timing of a possible trip to Seoul by Kim, who held summits with Moon and US President Donald Trump this year.

Moon spoke shortly after a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern where they discussed how to secure a denuclearised Korean peninsula.

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