South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called for a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with the aim of helping salvage faltering denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Seoul’s ally the US.
“As soon as North Korea is ready, I hope the two Koreas will be able to sit down together,” Moon told a meeting with his top aides on Monday.
“I will spare no effort to ensure that the upcoming inter-Korean summit becomes a stepping stone for an even bigger opportunity and a more significant outcome,” he said.
Moon welcomed Kim’s “firm commitment for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” and called for what would be his fourth summit with the North’s leader.
Moon, who met briefly with US President Donald Trump at the White House last week, has been a supporter of engagement with the North.
His recent announcement came after Kim said on Friday that he was open to a third summit with Trump.
The South Korean president, however, did not respond to Kim’s criticism of Seoul being too subservient to the “anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy of the United States,” and that the South’s military persisted in “veiled hostility” by conducting exercises with US forces.
Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where they signed a vaguely-worded agreement on the “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
Their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended in failure and left the future of the diplomatic process in doubt.
Kim said on Friday that the Hanoi summit raised questions about Washington’s decision.
He said, however, that Pyongyang will wait until the end of the year for the US to make “a courageous decision.”
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