In letter to South, N.Korea seeks more peace talks
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un calls for continuing the momentum for peace on Korean Peninsula in 2019
By Zehra Ulucak
Capping off a historic year of cross-border meetings, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for the continuation of peace talks in 2019 in a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, local media reported on Sunday.
Seoul’s presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-Kyeom told reporters that Kim sent a “personal letter to President Moon today,” South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
“Through the letter, he delivered a warm year-end greeting wrapping up the year 2018 and an intention to move together for the sake of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” he added.
“Kim also said that the leaders of the two Koreas have taken practical measures this year helping to get over the long-running confrontation across their border,” said the spokesperson.
"Chairman Kim made clear that he wants to meet President Moon frequently in 2019 as well to move forward discussion on peace and prosperity and expressed an intent to resolve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula together," said the spokesperson, according to the agency.
Moon later expressed gratitude to the North Korean leader, writing on social media that South Korea “remains unchanged in welcoming” Kim's possible trip to Seoul.
“Even though there will be a lot of difficulties going forward, our hearts will be opened to each other depending on how much effort we make,” he added.
In an unprecedented thaw in ties, South and North Korean leaders met three times this year, in April, May, and September.
The April 27 meeting featured the signing of the historic Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, a formal foundation for further denuclearization of North Korea and a peace deal between the two countries.
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