[Breaking] N. Korean leader sends letter to Moon

Kim Jong-un letter to Seoul asks for more summits in 2019

Kim Jong-un letter to Seoul asks for more summits in 2019

Despite these setbacks, another summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim could happen in 2019.

Kim said he was willing to meet the USA president at any time, mixing in conciliatory messages with his warnings of conflict to Washington and Seoul in his annual speech where he laid out policy priorities for his isolated and impoverished country.

"Chairman Kim Jong Un emphasized the bold step the two Korean leaders have taken to overcome the long-pending confrontation between North and South to meet three times in one year alone", the letter said, according to Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for the South's presidential office.

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, welcomed the letter, saying it marked a continued thawing in relations. The Blue House didn't fully disclose Kim's letter.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) and North Koran leader Kim Jong-un stand at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea in September.

Kim highlighted recent exchanges with socialist countries, speaking on his trips to China and the Cuban president's visit to North Korea. But the USA maintains it will keep sanctions in place against North Korea.

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Cross-border ties improved markedly in 2018 as Kim made a series of reconciliatory gestures - including a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in June in Singapore.

Kim's New Year address provides a rare public appearance for the young leader and is closely watched by neighbouring countries as it is seen setting the tone for his domestic and foreign policies. In his meetings with Moon and Trump, Kim signed on to vague statements calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when or how it would occur.

During Moon's visit to Pyongyang in September, Kim promised to pay a return visit to Seoul "at an earliest date", sparking speculation that he may visit by the end of this year.

"[Chairman Kim] redefined his standpoint in actively carrying out agreements in the inter-Korean summit as well as the US-DPRK summit", Moon wrote, continuing, "I welcome chairman Kim's intentions to meet several times in the new year to find solution for denuclearization and to solve practical problems in achieving peace and prosperity".

Earlier this month, North Korea told the USA that sanctions and pressure won't work to force Pyongyang into action on its nuclear program.

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