Are Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un About to Have a Summit?

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Dubbed the Day of the Sun, Kim Il Sung's birthday, April 15, is one of the biggest national holidays in North Korea. 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. "I highly appreciate and welcome Kim's unwavering will".

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. "President Trump also expressed his sympathy for the need of an inter-Korean summit and expressed expectations", Moon said.

Kim Jong Un said Friday he was open to a third meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump if Washington offered "mutually acceptable terms" after their second summit in Hanoi broke down.

That unexpected meeting came just a few days after U.S. President Trump abruptly called off a planned summit with the DPRK leader, and served to restore momentum to what was then a deadlocked diplomatic process. Trump welcomed further talks between the pair, pointing to their "excellent relationship". Kim also said he will wait for a "bold decision from the United States with patience until the end of this year". "My government is clearly and firmly committed to steadily implementing the inter-Korean joint declaration, even in the face of any obstacles", he added.

Moon also said he won't be restricted by location or format to have his fourth summit with Kim, indicating that he will not hold Kim to a promise to meet next in Seoul.

Moon and Kim have held three meetings over the past year, and Moon's administration has been keen for a fourth, possibly to mark the anniversary of the first one on April 27.

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With Kim urging the United States to change its tough stance in nuclear talks by the end of this year, political slogans in public spaces made no mention of the country's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. The promise was not kept.

Kim said he would wait until the end of the year "for the USA to make a courageous decision" to change its approach and smooth the path to another meeting, state media reported, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down without agreement.

In a speech last week to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), North Korea's analog of a parliament, Kim Jong Un outlined his view on the state of ongoing talks between the United States and his country and a range of other issues.

"Moon's message that he will sit with Kim anytime has various meanings", a Blue House official told the JoongAng Ilbo.

There would be no progress in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace and prosperity, Kim warned, unless the "anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy of the United States" is eradicated.

Moon was initially expected to reveal his plan to send special envoys to Pyongyang during the meeting but did not get into any details.

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