April 11, 2019 / 4:33 PM / a month ago

Trump says he is discussing potential further meetings with North Korea's Kim

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump at the start of a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will discuss North Korea during their White House meeting on Thursday, including potential additional summits with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Trump said good things have come out of negotiations with North Korea even though Washington did not get what it wanted from the meetings with Kim. He said great progress was made and that he got to know and respect the North Korean leader.

Moon was in Washington for talks that he hoped would help put denuclearization with North Korea back on track after a failed summit between the United States and North Korean leaders in February.

Ahead of his trip, aides to Moon stressed the need to revive U.S.-North Korea talks as soon as possible after a second summit between Trump and Kim collapsed in Hanoi on Feb. 28.

Trump extended his wishes to Kim in remarks with Moon by his side, while Moon told Trump that there was a dramatic turnaround in the situation on the Korean Peninsula after Trump’s first meeting with Kim.

Moon said he believed Trump’s diplomacy has led to a reduction in military tension and he believes the issues can be resolved through dialogue.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Heavey and Meredith Mazzilli

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