U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in say tensions have eased significantly since then, but Ban, who is in Tokyo for an event organized by a business group, said the crisis is not over and that North Korea should fully disclose its nuclear weapons inventory to a trusted global organization such as the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency.
Trump said on Sunday that he also expected to hold his own meeting with Kim, which he told reporters would likely take place in early 2019, with the president asserting that he planned to invite Kim to the U.S.at some point as well.
When asked about a future meeting, Mr. Trump said: "I think we're going to do one fairly [soon] - into January, February, I think".
The North Korean soldier was spotted moving towards South Korea, and then crossed over a military demarcation line separating the two sides, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. He said that Kim's trip to Seoul has great significance in itself as it will be a peaceful message to the worldf and a commitment to denuclearization and the development of inter-Korean relations.
The postponement stirred concerns that nuclear talks between the USA and North Korea had again bogged down, as Kim's regime seeks sanctions relief before taking key disarmament steps.More news: Plane arrives in Texas to transport Bush's body
US officials are seeking a "substantive next step" toward denuclearization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN on Saturday, adding that Washington has been seeing good progress in discussions with Pyongyang.
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.
Differences over how to denuclearize the North have kept the 2 countries from deciding the date and venue of the next summit.
"President Trump discussed his intention to have a second U.S. -DPRK summit", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, using the acronym for the North's formal name the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Trump also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, when they reviewed the recent developments in the DPRK and discussed how best to work with the worldwide community, including South Korea, to maintain pressure until the DPRK implements its commitment to denuclearise. "He hopes to fully carry out the remaining agreements (from their June summit in Singapore) together with him so that he will make Chairman Kim Jong Un get what he wants", Moon said.