South Korean President calls for summit with Kim

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for a summit earlier this year. Talks quickly collapsed

In a statement Monday, Moon said he hopes to meet with Kim Jong-un for a fourth inter-Korean summit to help improve bilateral relations between the two nations.

"The South should not act as an "overstepping mediator" or a "facilitator" and should rather get its mind straight as a member of the (Korean) nation and boldly speak up for the interest of the nation", Kim said.

In their third summit last September, Moon and Kim agreed to reconnect the Koreas' railways and roads, normalize operations at a jointly run factory park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and restart South Korean tours to the North's scenic Diamond Mountain resort, voicing optimism that worldwide sanctions could end and allow such projects.

Speaking at the North Korean parliament last week, Kim said he was open to a third summit with Trump.

No final decision has been made on the date and place of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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The report of a possible summit came after Putin sent a congratulatory letter to Kim on Friday for his election to the country's highest post, chairman of the State Affairs Commission, at the first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly. While praising Kim for his intentions to continue dialogue, Moon officially announced his plans to pursue another inter-Korean summit to revive the U.S.

But his role as middle man has been called into question as Trump and Kim have established what they both insist remains a "good relationship" and talks falter over nuclear issues that the South Korean president can do little to influence.

Moon said his Washington meeting with Trump was aimed to remove uncertainties raised after the second summit between Kim and Trump, and restore the momentum of dialogue between the DPRK and the United States for the unwavering push for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

Moon is eager to keep the delicate peace process alive almost a year after the first inter-Korean summit was held with fanfare in the heavily fortified border area of the divided peninsula.

Lü said that the key to building enough mutual trust between the two to make a third summit possible largely lies in whether the United States will send signals that show sufficient sincerity, including seriously considering a phased denuclearization approach, as opposed to its complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement policy, and partially lifting its unilateral economic sanctions imposed on North Korea. Moon, instead, said his administration is determined to implement inter-Korean agreements step by step, even if there are obstacles.

Kim did mention the June 12 Singapore declaration, concluded past year between him and Trump.

North Korea has held a series of sports and cultural events over the past few days. At the time, National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon also visited the North.

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