SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he was told by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he wants the U.S. secretary of state to come to Pyongyang for nuclear talks. Kim also wants a second summit with President Donald Trump as soon as possible.
Moon was briefing reporters Thursday after returning to Seoul after a three-day summit in Pyongyang with the North Korean leader.
Moon says he will carry a private message from Kim for Trump when he meets the U.S. president in New York next week at a U.N. meeting.
Moon also says he’ll convey to Trump his and Kim’s desire to get a declaration ending the Korean War by the end of this year. The 1950-53 war still technically continues because it ended with a cease-fire not a peace treaty.
Such a declaration would be the first step toward a formal peace treaty, but the U.S. is worried that it could result in Kim pushing for the removal of U.S. troops from South Korea.
In Pyongyang, Moon and Kim struck a set of agreements that included some North Korean disarmament steps that experts say won’t satisfy U.S. demands.