South Korea's Moon still hopes to host Kim this year

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"President Trump asked me to forward to [Kim] these messages; he has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim Jong Un and likes him".

Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Auckland today and tomorrow and will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Minister Winston Peters to discuss trade, co-operation and global efforts to denuclearise North Korea.

North Korea has sought security guarantees from the U.S. and relief from worldwide sanctions.

And the message was that President Trump has a very friendly view of Chairman Kim and that he likes him, and so he wishes Chairman Kim would implement the rest of their agreement and that he would make what Chairman Kim wants come true. Trump told reporters travelling home to Washington with him aboard Air Force One from Argentina that "three sites" were in consideration for the meeting, a follow-up to their historic summit in Singapore in June.

In this undated photo released Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Wonsan Shoes Factory in Gangwon, North Korea.

Trump added that at some point he will invite Kim to the United States. Moon and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, arrived in the South Pacific nation late Sunday after attending the Group of 20 Nations summit in Argentina.

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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. But progress has been slow, with the two countries sparring over the exact meaning of the agreement.

Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

North Korea has also not made any concrete moves towards irreversibly dismantling any of its weapon programs, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously announcing the DPRK was still producing fissile material.

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.

Trump said on Saturday that he hoped to organise a second summit with Kim in early 2019.

"They have not lived up to the commitments so far", Bolton said at a Wall Street Journal's CEO Council conference in Washington, according to CNN. The statement said Xi and Trump 'agreed that great progress has been made with respect to North Korea'.

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