What Did Moon and Kim Talk About Alone?

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    May 02, 2018 10:53

    President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spent about half an hour deep in discussion during an unaccompanied afternoon stroll in the border truce village of Panmunjom last Friday.

    Broadcasters filmed them with long lenses, but no audio is available. But Japanese broadcaster NTV put a lip reader on the case who noticed that Moon repeated the words "nuclear facilities" and "Trump," while Kim uttered the words "U.S." and "United Nations."

    The Chosun Ilbo also asked three lip readers, who said Moon began the conversation by saying, "Rather than keeping our relations severed, let us hold more dialogue in a positive direction."

    President Moon Jae-in (left) talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a footbridge in the truce village of Panmunjom last Friday.

    Kim led the conversation after the two leaders sat down on a bench, saying, "The North Korea-U.S. summit must yield positive results and I want to take things step by step to eliminate any problems." Kim also seemed to be asking Moon for his opinion on the U.S.' intentions. Moon responded with large hand gestures.

    Kim could be seen repeating the words "U.S.," "Trump" and "nuclear weapons." One expert said it is difficult to see exactly what they were saying from this distance, "but the comments appear to have been made while the two leaders were talking about the U.S.' suspicions about North Korea's willingness to scrap its nuclear weapons." 

    Cheong Wa Dae declined to give details but denied there was any mention of closing nuclear test sites during the conversation.

    Moon and Kim spoke privately for another 10 minutes after returning to the Peace House, according to Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.

    Moon presented Kim with a book and USB stick with his vision for a new pan-Korean economic system.

    Another Cheong Wa Dae official said, the president "delivered his ideas of the type of cross-border cooperation that will be possible if the U.S.-North Korea summit bears fruit and inter-Korean exchanges go into full swing."

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