South Korean President Moon Jae-in has on Monday said he hopes that North Korea responds effectively and positively to the joint effort during a meeting with United States President Donald Trump as a part of efforts to resume denuclearization talks on the table with Pyongyang.
According to Reuters news reports, while speaking to the cabinet, Moon said he would be using the April 11 scheduled summit with Trump in Washington DC to discuss resuming US-North Korea talks, creating a “virtuous cycle” of improving ties with N Korea as well as advancing a peace process.
Moon said, “I hope North Korea will respond positively to the efforts of Seoul and Washington.”
The Hanoi summit between Trump and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un was abruptly cut short due to the difference between two powerful leaders, as Kim was stressing for US sanctions relief and Trump stressed over Kim’s commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
But Moon has said that the allies are “very much on the same page when it comes to our shared objective of achieving complete denuclearization and establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula”.
He also condemned unnamed sceptics who tried to “drive wedge” between Washington and Seoul, Moon said, and “reverse the tide of peace”.
He said, “This is in no way helpful to our national interest or the future of the Korean peninsula,” adding, ”
Such attempts can be labelled truly irresponsible, especially when we recall the state of crisis we endured before dialogue was launched.”
Moon said the Hanoi summit failure had created “temporary difficulties” but also “it is becoming clear that neither the two Koreas nor the United States wants to go back to the past”.
South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha met with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Washington DC and said she agreed to continue pushing North Korea to make a concrete concession over its nuclear program.
She said, “What’s most important at this stage after the Hanoi summit is to restart negotiations between North Korea and the United States.”
Moon has said if and Trump “work hard, then we can pull it off”, adding that such “positive thinking will lead us to a positive result”.