President Moon Jae-in told parliamentary floor leaders Monday that it is unclear whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Seoul within this year as promised because the visit is linked closely to a second summit between the North and the United States, officials said.
Moon also said during a meeting with the floor leaders of the ruling and opposition parties that the government is thinking about whether Kim's visit should take place before or after the North-U.S. summit that has been postponed until early next year.
"For now, we're making preparations on the assumption that it's going to take place within this year," Moon said during the meeting, according to participants from the parties.
Moon said he hopes Kim's visit to Seoul will be realized so that it can serve as a dramatic turning point in relations between the two sides. Moon also said he hopes the National Assembly will release a statement welcoming Kim's visit.
Kim promised to visit Seoul when he held his third summit meeting with Moon in Pyongyang in September. If the envisioned visit takes place, Kim would be the first North Korean leader to visit the South Korean capital. (Yonhap News)