North Korea’s Kim Jong Un 'strongly hoping to visit Seoul'

January 1, 2019

SEOUL - In a personal letter to South Korea's President, Moon Jae-in, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed his intent to hold inter-Korean meetings more often and to work together for peace, prosperity and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. In the letter, Kim expressed disappointment for not making a reciprocal trip to Seoul this year, but expressed a strong willingness to eventually do so, according to a spokesperson for the South Korean President. 

During a news briefing, Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said: "Chairman (of the North's State Affairs Commission) Kim emphasised that both Korean leaders successfully took substantial and bold measures that went beyond long-standing confrontation between the two sides and freed the Korean people from military tension and the threat of war." 

The two-page letter was conveyed from the North via the inter-Korean communication channel and partially unveiled to the public. It started by saying, "Dear Your Excellency President Moon Jae-in."

"Though it feels like we met each other in Pyeongyang just yesterday, more than 100 days have passed since our last meeting. Now, we see the unforgettable year of 2018 almost coming to an end."

After receiving the letter, President Moon responded later that day, saying, "Nothing is impossible if we meet each other with a true heart."

"Chairman Kim once again expressed his commitment to actively follow the agreements reached by both Koreas and by Pyeongyang and Washington," Moon said, welcoming Kim's proposal to hold inter-Korean meetings next year. (ATI).