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Trump discusses 2nd DPRK summit with S. Korea's Moon

04 December 2018, 11:31 | Erica Roy

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Moon said a second summit between Kim and Trump will prove to be the "most critical moment" for North Korea's denuclearisation.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un said his country's rails were in an "embarrassing state" and asked for help with updating the infrastructure at a meeting with Moon in April. The content of this image is as provided and can not be independently verified.

"I'd like to really advise the North Korean leader that the world is ready" to help his country, Ban told The Associated Press, specifically citing South Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

He said he would deliver the message if Kim visits Seoul this year.

The rare defection came as the two Koreas push ahead with a process of reconciliation in an effort to ease tensions, despite talks between Pyongyang and Washington on the North's nuclear weapons programme stalling.

Moon spoke to reporters on Saturday aboard his presidential plane en route to New Zealand from Argentina, where he met Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 Nations summit.

Moon has been quoted as calling the recent agreements "akin to a declaration to end the Korean War", and has also expressed the optimistic view that there would be no more war forthcoming between North and South Korea.

'At some point, ' he will, Trump said about hosting Kim in the United States, with this weekend's announcement raising the spectre of such a trip being just weeks off.

If that happens, he would be the first North Korean leader to do so since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War, though the plan is still unclear.

For his part, Trump discussed his intention to have a second U.S. -DPRK summit, and restated with Moon their commitment to closely coordinate on next steps.

The two leaders signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation, but progress has since stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over the meaning of the document.

The US has given its support to the rail survey, but Mr Moon will have to have a number of hard conversations if he's to persuade President Donald Trump that easing sanctions at this stage would be worthwhile so the project can go ahead, our correspondent says.

"I think we're going to do one fairly [soon] - you know, into January, February, I think", Trump told reporters with him on Air Force One. He said there were three sites under consideration, but declined to name them.

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