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S. Korea's Moon seeks fourth summit with Kim

S. Korea's Moon seeks fourth summit with Kim

President Donald Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House last week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea.

"As soon as North Korea is ready, I hope the two Koreas will be able to sit down together, regardless of venue and form", Moon told a meeting with his top aides.

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Moon met Kim three times a year ago and also brokered nuclear talks between North Korea and the US following tensions created by the North's nuclear and missile tests and the exchange of war threats by Kim and President Donald Trump.

Moon did not directly address Kim's criticism, but said he has "high regard" for what he saw as Kim's strong commitment to diplomacy. He hailed Kim's willingness to talk with the United States, vowing to help resume dialogue between the DPRK and the United States. "I highly appreciate and welcome Kim's unwavering will".

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Kim blamed the collapse of the second summit with Trump on what he described as Washington's unilateral demands.

Kim said he would wait until the end of the year "for the USA to make a courageous decision" to change its approach and smooth the path to another meeting, state media reported, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down without agreement. During his speech to the SPA, Kim did not once mention the word "denuclearization". In a speech to Pyongyang's rubber-stamp parliament on Friday, Kim said the Hanoi meeting had made him question whether Washington is "genuinely interested" in improving its relations with Pyongyang.

Kim did mention the June 12 Singapore declaration, concluded past year between him and Trump. Moon, instead, said his administration is determined to implement inter-Korean agreements step by step, even if there are obstacles. Responding on Twitter, Trump welcomed a third meeting with Kim.

Moon had his first summit with Kim in Panmunjom last April and another one in May.

On Monday, the North's state TV began its programming earlier than on other national holidays and broadcast programmes highlighting the achievements of the late founder and the legitimacy of the current Kim Jong-un regime.