May 21, 2018 11:29
President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone for about 20 minutes on Sunday morning just two days before their scheduled summit.
Moon leaves for Washington on Monday.
Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Yoon Young-chan said the two leaders agreed to "cooperate closely" to ensure the success of the U.S.-North Korea summit scheduled for June 12.
Trump apparently wanted to sound out Moon about the reasons for North Korea's new, more assertive rhetoric. Trump "asked President Moon a lot of questions about current political circumstances," a Cheong Wa Dae official said, which "gave a palpable sense that Trump wants the U.S.-North Korea summit to succeed."
North Korea last week canceled high-level talks with the South and warned it could pull out of the summit with Trump.
Moon told Trump why he thinks the North is anxious and urged him to refrain from making too aggressive demands.
In Washington, Moon and Trump will discuss how to keep Pyongyang engaged in negotiations.
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