SEOUL President Moon Jae-in said Monday he's willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un irrespective of the format and venue.
Moon also welcomed Kim's commitment to a third summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
"Now is the time to make preparations and push for South-North summit talks in earnest," he said in a meeting with top presidential aides here.
"As soon as North Korea is ready, I hope the two Koreas will have another summit without being restrained by the venue and format."
Moon's remarks marked his first official message on Pyongyang since his White House summit with Trump.
They also were his response to the North Korean leader's speech to the Supreme People's Assembly last week, in which he urged the United States to change tack in order to continue denuclearization talks.
Kim said he will wait "with patience" till the end of this year, emphasizing that Pyongyang won't budge at all.
Moon described Kim's statement as showing a willingness to continue dialogue.
Source: Yonhap news Agency