S. Korea’s Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

North Korea subject of talks between Sth Korean President and PM Jacinda Ardern in Auckland

Donald Trump likely to meet Kim Jong Un again in early 2019

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearisation and gain the trust of the worldwide community if he wants sanctions lifted.

The president said securing funds to support developing nations is important, and he urged the G20 countries to get the private sector in particular more involved.

Responding to Bridges' question about the future direction of inter-Korean relations, Moon said that during his recent summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the two sides assessed the peace process was proceeding well.

South Korea's president said Tuesday no timeframe has been set for a historic visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite both hoping it will take place this year.

"The message is that President Trump has very favourable views towards Chairman Kim and he likes him", Mr Moon told reporters aboard a flight from Argentina to New Zealand, where he started a three-day state visit on Sunday.

Asked if the meeting would take place in the U.S., Trump said that it may happen at "some point", although diplomats are now looking at three other locations for the next summit.

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The president - who was returning from the G-20 summit in Argentina - told reporters aboard Air Force One that a second summit may happen in "January or February". After their third meeting in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, in September, Moon said Kim agreed to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul in 2018. The two countries signed a free-trade deal in 2015.

North Korea, has been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear programme.

After sharply raising tensions with nuclear and missile tests previous year, Kim abruptly reached out to Moon and Trump with a vague nuclear disarmament pledge.

North and South Korea have begun to remove landmines and destroy military bunkers at parts of their common border as part of efforts to improve long-strained relations.

While the announcement establishes a window for a summit between Trump and Kim, it now appears that the two leaders are more likely to meet toward the later end of early 2019. He said there were three sites under consideration, but declined to name them.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg has reported Mr Trump as saying he expects to hold a second summit with Mr Kim as soon as next month.

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