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Still hoping to host Kim soon

Still hoping to host Kim soon

New Zealand is active in the monitoring of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, deploying an Air Force P-3K2 plane to patrol worldwide waters in North Asia for signs of vessels undertaking activities such as ship-to-ship transfers.

Trump's latest praise for Kim, in the formal setting of a summit with Moon, shows that he is still emphasising his personal rapport despite stalled nuclear talks.

A visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Seoul before the end of the year remains possible, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reiterated to press on Tuesday.

North Korea has suspended nuclear and missile tests as it tries to improve relations with the outside world, but had been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions.

"Ever since South and North Korea were divided into two countries, this will be the first time that a North Korean leader will visit South Korea", Moon said through an interpreter.

Ardern met with Moon on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit and Apec last month, and he has visited New Zealand in 2006 and in 2015.

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US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in say tensions have eased significantly since then, but Ban, who is in Tokyo for a World Bank event, said the crisis is not over and that North Korea should fully disclose its nuclear weapons inventory to a trusted global organisation such as the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency.

According to several Western media outlets, Trump told them aboard Air Force One after attending the Group of 20 (G20) summit that the meeting would occur early in 2019.

After sharply raising tensions with nuclear and missile tests previous year, Kim abruptly reached out to Moon and Trump with a vague nuclear disarmament pledge.

He said he hopes to take a two-track approach with Tokyo on North Korea, . something he says Japanese government will agree on.

Trump said he had a "good relationship" with the North Korean leader and stressed that the negotiations to denuclearize the Korean peninsula had only been going on six to seven months.

They agreed on the need for "maintaining vigorous enforcement of existing sanctions to ensure the DPRK understands that denuclearization is the only path", Sanders said, using the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Their two previous summits were held at the countries' shared border village of Panmunjom.