Seoul to push for new Moon-Kim summit for denuke

TOKYO, South Korea will begin to push for a meeting between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un following the end of the Lunar New Year’s Day to help implement the North’s denuclearization pledge, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

The Moon-Kim summit, if held, will mark the fourth of its kind since the two leaders first met in April 2018 at the border village of Panmunjom. They met again in May and September. “An inter-Korean summit will naturally be the next step following the second North Korea-US summit,” an official from the South Korean Presidential Office was quoted as saying.

US President Donald Trump has said his meeting with Kim will likely be held before the end of this month, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the second Trump-Kim summit will be held in Asia. The exact date and venue of the meeting were expected to be announced early this week. The first Trump-Kim meeting was held in Singapore last June, in which the leaders agreed to fully denuclearize North Korea in exchange for security guarantees for Pyongyang. Moon has repeatedly vowed efforts to help ensure the success of denuclearization talks between the US and North Korea, partly through his own meetings with the North Korean leader.

“It will likely be held after the second North Korea-US summit, but it will certainly help move the denuclearization process forward if held,” another presidential official said, according to the report.

What is unique about the next Moon-Kim summit is that it will likely be held in Seoul, which would make Kim the first North Korean leader to visit the South’s capital at least since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Kim agreed to visit Seoul in his third and latest summit with Moon held in Pyongyang.

Source: Kuwait News Agency