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Kim hopes to hold 2nd summit with Trump rapidly: Moon

chinadaily.com.cn/Xinhua/CGTN | Updated: 2018-09-20 18:30
ROK President Moon Jae-in and DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un pose for photographs on the top of Mount Paektu, Sept 20, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

Sept 20

ROK President Moon Jae-in said Kim Jong-un, top leader of the DPRK, had expressed his hope to rapidly hold his second summit with US President Donald Trump Updated at 18:11 Beijing Time

Moon arrived at Seoul Air Base Updated at 17:00 Beijing Time

Moon's flight took off from Samjiyon Airport near Mount Paekdu  Updated at 15:00 Beijing Time

Kim sent 2 tons of pricey pine mushroom as gift to Moon  Updated at 14:10 Beijing Time

Kim and Moon began their joint descent to the Heaven lake of Mount Paektu in a cable car and later took a joint stroll  Updated at 11:30 Beijing Time

Kim and Moon began their joint climb to the summit of Mount Paekdu in a vehicle  Updated at 10:30 Beijing Time

The leaders of the two Koreas left Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport to Mount Paekdu  Updated at 8:40 Beijing Time

Sept 19

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in watched a performance at the May Day Stadium  Updated at 23:00 Beijing Time

Moon attended an unveiling ceremony of the commemorative tree and also paid a visit to Mansudae Art Studio  Updated at 18:30 Beijing Time

Kim and Moon held luncheon at a restaurant which is famous for Pyongyang-style cold noodles  Updated at 15:50 Beijing Time 

The leaders held a press briefing to announce the outcomes, including Kim's visit to Seoul, the shutdown of nuclear sites, and future cooperation in various fields  Updated at 12:20 Beijing Time

Kim and Moon have signed summit agreement following their second round talks  Updated at 10:30 Beijing Time

Kim and Moon held a private one-on-one meeting  Updated at 9:30 Beijing Time

Sept 18

Kim and Moon enjoyed an art performance together with their wives  Updated at 21:50 Beijing Time

The meeting between Kim and Moon has ended at 5:45 pm local time  Updated at 18:30 Beijing Time

Kim and Moon have started their first meeting during the third inter-Korean summit  Updated at 14:43 Beijing Time

Kim welcomed Moon at the Pyongyang International Airport  Updated at 9:14 Beijing Time

Moon arrived in Pyongyang for the summit  Updated at 9:10 Beijing Time

ROK President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un as he leaves at Samjiyon airport, in this photo released by DPRK's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 21, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

DPRK leader hopes to hold 2nd summit with Trump rapidly: Moon

Moon Jae-in said Thursday that Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), had expressed his hope to rapidly hold his second summit with US President Donald Trump during the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

Moon made the remarks in his address to the people at the Seoul press center for the Pyongyang summit, which lasted for three days from Tuesday.

Moon said he also hoped that the DPRK-US dialogue would be resumed rapidly, noting that conditions were created via the Pyongyang summit to restart the talks between the DPRK and the United States.

The DPRK called for Moon to broker talks between Pyongyang and Washington, offering to closely cooperate with the ROK for the peninsula's complete denuclearization, the ROK president said.

During the phone call before Moon's visit to Pyongyang, Trump called for Moon to play a role as chief negotiator between the DPRK and the United States for the denuclearization negotiations.

ROK President Moon Jae-in makes a toast with DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un during a luncheon at Samjiyon Guesthouse in Ryanggang province, September 20, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

Moon said the DPRK leader repeatedly confirmed his firm commitment to the peninsula's denuclearization during their third summit in Pyongyang.

After the summit talks, Moon and Kim agreed to further steps for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and concrete measures to end hostile acts near inter-Korean border areas.

Moon and Kim have held summit meetings three times this year, including the ones on April 27 and May 26 each. Kim promised to visit Seoul for the fourth summit with Moon in the near future.

Kim and Trump held the first-ever DPRK-US summit in Singapore on June 12.

ROK President Moon Jae-in, first lady Kim Jung-sook, DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju sit inside a cable car on the top of Mount Paektu, Sept 20, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

Moon returns home after summit with Kim

Moon Jae-in returned home Thursday after a summit with top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.

An airplane carrying Moon and his entourage arrived at the Seongnam Airport outside the capital Seoul at about 5:40 pm local time (0840 GMT), a live broadcast at the Seoul press center showed.

Moon and Kim announced several agreements during their summit aimed at ensuring peace on the peninsula.

Moon and Kim embarked on a rare trip Thursday to the summit of Mount Paekdu in an event designed to enhance their personal ties and also highlight the success of their bilateral summit in Pyongyang, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The leaders left Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport at around 7:30 am local time, each using his own presidential jet. Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, were first to arrive at Samjiyon airport near the mountain.

ROK President Moon Jae-in with his wife first lady Kim Jung-sook standing next to him, fills a plastic bottle with water from the Heaven lake of Mount Paektu, Sept 20, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

The leaders of the two Koreas began their joint climb in a vehicle shortly after their arrival at the airport.

The vehicle took the first couples of the two Koreas all the way up to Changgun-bong, the peak of Mount Paekdu.

"Now that the first step has begun, more people will come if this step is repeated, and I believe there will soon come a day when the ordinary people of the South may travel to Mount Paekdu," Moon told Kim.

"Only a few people came today, but more people from the South side and overseas should come and see Mount Paekdu in the future," Kim replied.

Situated on the border with China, Mount Paektu is one of the most famous mountains on the Korean Peninsula. Only a handful of ROK citizens have ever visited the mountain from the DPRK side, according to Yonhap.

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