North Korean President, Kim Jong Un has vowed to meet the South’s President, Moon Jae-in frequently in 2019 to discuss de-nuclearisation of the peninsula in a rare letter sent to Seoul.
The leader of the isolated North met with Moon three times this year, twice at the border truce village of Panmunjom and once in the North’s capital Pyongyang as a re conciliatory push gathered pace.
During Moon’s visit to Pyongyang in September, Kim promised to pay a return visit to the South’s capital Seoul “at an earliest date,” sparking speculation he may visit by the end of this year.
The North’s leader “expressed a strong determination to visit Seoul while watching future situation,”
Kim Jong Un also “expressed an intention to meet with Moon frequently in 2019” to pursue peace and “solve the issue of denuclearising the peninsula together,” the spokesman said.
The official did not elaborate on how the letter was delivered.
The two neighbours technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty.
Moon, a dovish former human rights lawyer has advocated dialogue to push the impoverished but nuclear-armed North toward denuclearisation.
Cross-border ties improved markedly in 2018 as Kim made a series of re conciliatory gestures including a historic summit with US President Donald Trump in June in Singapore.
But progress in pushing the North to give up its atomic arsenal has stalled as Washington and Pyongyang accused each other of dragging their feet and acting in bad faith.
US President, Donald Trump said last week that he was “looking forward” to his second summit with Kim, which the US says may take place early next year.