Kim Jong Un expected to ring in 2019 with big policy speech

Kim Jong Un expected to ring in 2019 with big policy speech

On Sunday, the office of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Kim had sent a letter to his counterpart in Seoul, saying he wanted to hold more inter-Korean summits next year.

The report did exclude insights concerning the message but rather said it identified with U.S. - North Korea talks, and was propitiatory in tone. Instead of standing on a podium, Kim delivered a speech sitting on a couch in a Western-style room, illustrating an image of an approachable leader in a fireside chat.

Kim said he was willing to resume without conditions joint projects with South Korea that were frozen due to political tensions and North Korea's weapon tests.

It marks the end of a historic year in North-South relations, with the leaders hugging each other on the tarmac of Pyongyang International Airport in their most recent meeting in September - believed to be the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since taking power in 2011.

Kim Jong-un also "expressed an intention to meet with Moon frequently in 2019" to pursue peace and "solve the issue of denuclearising the peninsula together", the spokesman said. President Moon said South Korea is "unchanged in welcoming" Kim's reciprocal visit to the South Korean capital.

The North Korean leader reached out to the South on Sunday night, . expressing his determination to make big strides toward denuclearization in 2019.

Talks between the USA and North Korea have made little progress since Trump and Kim held an unprecedented summit in June and signed to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", without defining the term or setting a deadline.

The Blue House said that Kim expressed regret that he couldn't make a planned visit to Seoul, South Korea's capital, by the end of December, as pledged by the leaders during their last summit in September in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute, told CNN: "Whatever Kim says about his desire for denuclearization, North Korea continues to produce and deploy nuclear armed missiles".

Denuclearization talks, however, have been in a stalemate as Pyongyang wants sanctions relief for subsequent steps following the summit, while Washington is asking for more concrete measures before making major concessions. 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.

At a summit with Trump in Singapore in June, Kim vowed to work towards denuclearisation.

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