Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea's leader frequently in 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. South Korea says

Kim Jong Un said North Korea would take a new path if the US insisted on keeping sanctions, delivering a pointed message to President Donald Trump in his New Year's address.

The report did exclude insights concerning the message but rather said it identified with U.S. - North Korea talks, and was propitiatory in tone. South Korean officials didn't fully disclose Kim's letter.

The conciliatory mood has continued to grow ever since Kim extended a rare olive branch to South Korea in his New Year speech at the start of this year to express his willingness to improve inter-Korean relations.

Kim's speech comes after year of diplomatic surprises by the reclusive leader, including an unprecedented summit with Trump and three meetings with Moon.

But the US maintains it will keep sanctions in place against North Korea.

Kim also lamented not being able to visit Seoul before the end of the year and reaffirmed his intention to do so while "closely watching the situation", the spokesman said.




Kim and Trump are trying to arrange a second summit in early 2019.

The stalled negotiations have had an impact on inter-Korean ties, with Kim failing to visit Seoul this year as agreed to at an inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang in September.

In his letter, Kim said his landmark 2018 meetings with Moon - one in Pyongyang, and two at the truce village of Panmunjom, on the border between North and South - resulted in "practical and bold measures" to overcome long-standing confrontation and remove fears of war from the peninsula, according to Moon's spokesman. On Feb. 10, Kim's sister Yo-jong, the first vice-director of the North's Workers' Party Central Committee, delivered a letter to Moon at Cheong Wa Dae when she visited the South to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

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".

With limited negotiations having been made between the USA and North Korea in recent months, it makes sense that Kim would be trying to cut through the bureaucracy with direct leader-to-leader communications. The two sides have clashed over the pace and sequence of talks, with North Korea demanding relief from global sanctions and the US seeking more steps toward disarmament.

Denuclearizing the peninsula was the focus of the summit in Singapore last June between Kim and Trump.

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