North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday to call for continued efforts to build peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula next year, Seoul's presidential office said.
Moon added that he witnessed a sense of frustration over Kim not having been able to visit Seoul, which the two leaders agreed to during the third inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang this September.
Chairman Kim also expressed his intentions to meet President Moon frequently again in 2019 to advance discussions on the Korean Peninsula's peace and prosperity and discuss issues on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, ' the spokesman said.
It was nearly exactly one year ago, in the wake of Kim's 2018 policy speech, that Trump threatened the North Korean dictator and said his nuclear button was "much bigger and more powerful".
In his own message, Moon thanked Kim for his "warm" letter and said he was still invited to South Korea, according to the AP.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a "conciliatory message" to US President Donald Trump amid stalled nuclear negotiations, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported yesterday. "There's no change in our heart about welcoming Chairman Kim [to the South]".
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Kim and Moon met three times this year, agreeing on steps to decrease military tensions and lay groundwork for economic exchange between their countries.
This photo taken on August 10, 2015 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 11, 2015 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (from L) meeting Korth Korean women footballers upon their arrival at Pyongyang Airport after winning the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup.
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.
Kim used his New Year's speech a year ago to initiate diplomacy with Seoul and Washington, which led to his meetings with Moon and a historic June summit with Trump.
Moon Jae-in, in a message posted on Facebook, stressed Kim's willingness to comply with the South Korean and US agreements on the issue, but acknowledged that many obstacles remain to be overcome. The two sides have clashed over the pace and sequence of talks, with North Korea demanding relief from global sanctions and the USA seeking more steps toward disarmament.