South Korean president to carry private message from Kim to Trump

South Korean president to carry private message from Kim to Trump
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday said that he will deliver a private message from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE during next week's United Nations General Assembly meeting, as South Korea and the U.S. continue to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"There are things that the United States wants us to convey to North Korea, and on the other side there are also things that North Korea wants us to convey to the United States," Moon told reporters in Seoul after returning from a multi-day trip to North Korea to meet with Kim.

"I will faithfully serve that role when I meet President Trump to facilitate dialogue between North Korea and the United States," Moon added, according to The Associated Press.

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The South Korean president did not disclose the contents of the message from Kim, but the North Korean leader pledged to dismantle his nuclear arsenal during meetings with Moon this week, contingent on unspecified reciprocal action by the U.S.

Kim also expressed a desire for a second meeting with Trump, Moon said. The White House said earlier this month that planning for such a summit is underway and is "certainly something we want to take place."

While the Trump administration expressed optimism following a June summit with Kim about the prospects of denuclearization, talks have stalled in recent weeks.

Trump welcomed the latest developments on the Korean peninsula as "very exciting," and on Wednesday told reporters that relations between the U.S. and North Korea had "very much calmed down."

Asked about what actions Kim might expect the U.S. to take to follow through on denuclearizing, Trump said, "We'll see what he's looking at."

"But, in the meantime, we’re talking," he said. "It’s very calm. He’s calm, I’m calm, so we’ll see what happens.”

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSchiff: Diplomacy with Iran 'only way out of this situation' Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran Buttigieg: Not too late for US to be 'constructive force' in Middle East MORE said later that he has invited his North Korean counterpart to meet at next week’s U.N. General Assembly, and that the U.S. is pushing for the peninsula to be free of nuclear weapons by 2021.