SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in on Thursday hailed the outcome of his special envoy's visit to North Korea, saying he expects an upcoming summit with the North's leader will facilitate denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

Moon's chief security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, made a one-day trip to Pyongyang on Wednesday and held talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The two sides agreed to hold a third summit between Moon and Kim on Sept. 18-20.

The North's leader also said he remains firmly committed to denuclearization.

"I came to have big expectations about the (upcoming) inter-Korean summit. I have expectations that (the summit) could facilitate U.S.-North Korea talks aimed at complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Moon said.

"The special envoy's visit went really well and produced much better achievements than expected," he said during a meeting of the inter-Korean summit preparatory committee presided over by his chief of staff, Im Jong-seok.

It was Moon's first official comment on the outcome of the envoy's trip.

Source: Yonhap News Agency