Moon, Xi Say Inter-Korean Talks Must Focus on Denuclearization

      January 12, 2018 12:48

      President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping spoke on telephone on Thursday and agreed to ensure that high-level inter-Korean talks lead to the resolution of the North Korean nuclear standoff, Cheong Wa Da said.

      President Moon Jae-in speaks on the phone at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. /Newsis

      Moon thanked Xi for the Chinese government's support for the recent talks, and Xi said he backs the South Korean leader's policy of pursuing both rapprochement and denuclearization.

      In his New Year's address on Wednesday, Moon said denuclearization "is a fundamental aim that can never be compromised."

      The phone call lasted about 30 minutes. Moon and Xi agreed last month to open a hotline between the two countries.

      Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said the two leaders "agreed to bolster communication and cooperation so that inter-Korean dialogue goes beyond the North's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang to the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear dilemma and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula."

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