Kim Jong Un expected to ring in 2019 with big policy speech

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President Moon Jae-in said Monday that North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's personal letter sent to him on Sunday contains a "positive" message that could give hints as to what direction North Korea could be headed in denuclearization and inter-Korean relations, a source said.

-North Korea talks. The U.S. State Department has not commented on the report of Kim's message. Kim's letter made no mention of Trump or the U.S.

Another speaker, in a reflection of the shift in perception towards Kim in South Korea, said: "Until now, we did not know Kim's true self".

The leader of the isolated North met Moon three times this year, twice at the border truce village of Panmunjom and once in Pyongyang, as a reconciliatory push gathered pace.

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Kim and Trump are trying to arrange a second summit in early 2019.

Among other things, the Winter Olympics in South Korea's Pyeongchang in February saw a visit from Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the North Korean leader.

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He also said the compromise should include changes in federal law to discourage people from trying to enter the U.S. illegally. The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors to stay home or work without pay.

With limited negotiations having been made between the USA and North Korea in recent months, it makes sense that Kim would be trying to cut through the bureaucracy with direct leader-to-leader communications.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in posted on Facebook that Kim was open to holding more talks and that he had "redefined his standpoint in actively carrying out agreements in the inter-Korean summit as well as the U.S".

Chairman Kim also expressed his intentions to meet President Moon frequently again in 2019 to advance discussions on the Korean Peninsula's peace and prosperity and discuss issues on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, ' the spokesman said.

"Chairman Kim Jong Un emphasized the bold step the two Korean leaders have taken to overcome the long-pending confrontation between North and South to meet three times in one year alone", read the letter, according to Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for the South's presidential office.

The stalled negotiations had an impact on inter-Korean ties, including Kim's unrealised plan to visit Seoul this year as agreed at their summit in Pyongyang in September. Officials in neighboring countries follow the speeches closely to obtain overall information about the country and how it will act on diplomatic issues such as its nuclear weapons program.

Post-summit nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang quickly settled into a stalemate as the countries struggled between the sequencing of the North's disarmament and the removal of USA -led global sanctions against the North.

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