South Korea’s Moon: N Korean leader Kim to visit Seoul ‘soon’

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SOUTH Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jaein said Thurs­day that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will “soon” visit Seoul as part of a flurry of high-pro­file diplo­macy aimed at rid­ding North Korea of its nu­clear weapons.

Dur­ing a speech be­fore par­lia­ment, Moon said that a sec­ond North Korea-u.s. sum­mit is “near at hand” and that Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping is ex­pected to visit North Korea soon. Moon also said he ex­pected Kim to visit Rus­sia soon and that Kim may meet with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe.

Moon has pre­vi­ously said that Kim told him he would visit Seoul within this year when the lead­ers met in Py­ongyang in Septem­ber. South Korea’s pres­i­den­tial of­fice said later Thurs­day that it had noth­ing to add to Moon’s speech about Kim’s trip. His com­ments were in line with pre­vi­ous state­ments, the Blue House said. They sug­gest that Moon is de­ter­mined to push ahead with diplo­macy to re­solve the nu­clear is­sue.

“Now, based on firm trust among one an­other, South and North Korea and the United States will achieve com­plete de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and last­ing peace of the Korean Penin­sula,” Moon said. “This is an op­por­tu­nity that has come like a mir­a­cle. It’s some­thing that we should never miss.”

The prospects for a sec­ond sum­mit be­tween Kim and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump im­proved af­ter U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo made his fourth visit to North Korea ear­lier this month. – AP

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