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South Korea says 'good chance' of Kim Jong Un visit in November

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Elizabeth Shim
Kim Jong Un (C) could visit South Korea in November, multiple Seoul sources said Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo by KCNA/UPI
Kim Jong Un (C) could visit South Korea in November, multiple Seoul sources said Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo by KCNA/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 25 (UPI) -- South Korea expects there is a "good possibility" Kim Jong Un could visit Busan in November, according to multiple press reports on Wednesday.

Sources at the presidential Blue House expressed optimism about a Kim visit to the South, despite a lack of inter-Korea dialogue in recent months, Yonhap reported.

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The report comes a day after South Korean spy agency chief Suh Hoon told a parliamentary intelligence committee the North Korean leader could visit Busan, the South's second-largest city, for the ASEAN-South Korea Commemorative Summit in November.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Suh reportedly said, "Would [Chairman Kim] not come, depending on how denuclearization negotiations proceed?"

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Suh also said at the meeting there is a "significant possibility" U.S.-North Korea talks could resume within two to three weeks.

Blue House sources confirmed they maintain a "positive outlook" on the possibility of a Kim visit during the ASEAN summit, according to News 1.

North Korea has signaled an interest in resuming working-level talks with the United States. The statements from Pyongyang's foreign ministry issued in September have been interpreted in Washington and Seoul to mean dialogue on denuclearization; North Korea has not indicated it intends to give up its weapons of mass destruction, however.

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North Korea has also increased tests of weapons systems in recent months, launching multiple short-range missiles that are capable of targeting the South.

Pyongyang's military actions were not addressed in South Korean President Moon Jae-in's speech before the 74th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump had dismissed the tests.

"We didn't have an agreement on short-range missile tests and a lot of people in a lot of countries test short-range missiles," Trump said on Monday during his summit with Moon. "There's nothing spectacular about that."

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