August 31, 2018 13:07
President Moon Jae-in has decided to attend the UN General Assembly in September.
His visit to New York is expected to come after another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang in mid-September, where he will try to break the stalemate in the U.S.-North Korea denuclearization talks.
Moon Chung-in, Moon's special security adviser, was quoted by the Atlantic magazine on Wednesday as saying that Moon will push for a formal declaration of the end of Korean War by the two Koreas, the U.S. and China at the UN session.
"That would be a really epochal event for peace and denuclearization," Moon Chung-in said.
Moon Jae-in's role could be vital amid conflict over priorities between Washington and Pyongyang. Washington wants tangible steps toward denuclearization first, but North Korea wants the war to be declared over first.
"Moon does not want to take the trip if there is no progress on pushing North Korea to further steps toward denuclearization," Hong Kong's South China Morning Post speculated Wednesday.
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