New Zealand is active in the monitoring of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, deploying an Air Force P-3K2 plane to patrol global waters in North Asia for signs of vessels undertaking activities such as ship-to-ship transfers.
Kim's father and late leader, Kim Jong-il, saw his birthday designated as a national holiday in 1982 when he was 40, two years after he was anointed as successor to his father and national founder Kim Il-sung. "We can improve South and North Korean relations as well as attain permanent peace on the Korean peninsula and denuclearisation". Moon said it's still unclear whether Kim will visit Seoul by the end of this year, and that it's up to the North Korean leader.
"There is a possibility that Chairman Kim Jong Un's Seoul visit may be made within the year", Moon told a joint press conference with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, in comments carried by Yonhap News Agency. Also, working on his North Korea diplomacy, the president met with the leaders of the Netherlands and South Afirca. Moon spoke to reporters on Saturday aboard his presidential plane en route to New Zealand from Argentina, where he met Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 Nations summit.
Ban said he hopes their second summit will occur at a time when the global community feels confident about North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation.
After Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled due to differences on the scale of denuclearization, US sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration, among others.
Should the visit go ahead, it will be the first by a DPRK leader to the South since the end of the Korean War.
North Korea had been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its campaign.
His words suggest that he persuaded Mr Trump in talks in Buenos Aires that warmer relations between North and South Korea do not undermine the pressure being exerted on Mr Kim by global sanctions.
When asked about a future meeting, Trump said: "I think we're going to do one fairly (soon) - into January, February, I think". Their two previous summits were held at the countries' shared border village of Panmunjom.