UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — South Korean President Moon Jae-un said Monday he was ready to go anywhere for a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, praising his desire to resume negotiations with the United States.
The North Korean leader said he was open on Friday to the idea of a third summit with US President Donald Trump if Washington arrived at the negotiating table with the “right position” two months after the failure of their second meeting in Hanoi.
Moon, who was one of the leading pacifiers on the peninsula and the rapprochement between Washington and Pyongyang, hailed Kim’s “resolute commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula,” calling for a new inter-Korean summit, the fourth in a year.
“As North Korea becomes ready, I hope the two Koreas can sit together, whatever the place, whatever shape,” the president said at a meeting with his senior advisers.
“I will not spare my efforts to make sure that the upcoming inter-Korean summit will be a starting point for a bigger opportunity and a bigger outcome,” he said.
Last week Mon met with President Trump, trying to revive the peace process.
The first historic summit in June 2018 in Singapore, between Trump and Kim ended with a very vague joint statement on “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The second, in February in Hanoi, ended with failure, without any tangible progress in this file, nor even a statement.
This raised questions about the future of the process. In Vietnam, the North has made clear it wants to lift sanctions that affect the living conditions of North Koreans. But the United States said Pyongyang had already called for the removal of major sanctions without proposing anything specific in return.
However, both sides expressed their willingness to continue discussions.
Moon, who has long advocated dialogue with the North, is seeking to resume inter-Korean cooperation projects. But these projects could violate international sanctions against Pyongyang.
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