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(LEAD) Trump reaffirms second summit with Kim, welcomes Seoul visit of Kim

Diplomacy 05:28 December 01, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details, additional information from 3rd para)

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, while apparently offering his blessing to Kim's scheduled trip to Seoul.

In a bilateral summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the U.S. president noted Kim's Seoul visit may create new momentum for efforts to denuclearize North Korea and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"While affirming his commitment to holding a second North Korea-U.S. summit early next year, President Trump asked that South Korea and the U.S. closely cooperate so the next summit will be another historical milestone in the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula," Moon's top press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, said of the summit on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting.

"The two leaders agreed Chairman Kim Jong-un's visit to Seoul would provide an additional momentum to their joint efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula," he told a press briefing in Buenos Aires.

Kim has agreed to visit Seoul before the year's end to reciprocate Moon's trip to Pyongyang in September.

His trip, if made, will mark the fourth meeting between the leaders of the divided Koreas, which technically remain at war.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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