Moon Asks Macron to Help Ease N.Korea Sanctions

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    October 16, 2018 12:09

    President Moon Jae-in and French President Emmanuel Macron wave at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Monday. /Yonhap

    President Moon Jae-in on Monday asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to help accelerate North Korea's denuclearization through the easing of UN sanctions.

    France is a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

    The two presidents met in Paris, where Moon is on a state visit. Moon also asked Macron to help win an exemption for South Korea from the EU's planned safeguard duties on steel imports.

    In a joint statement, they also agreed that Korea and France, a startup powerhouse in Europe, should join efforts to find new growth engines.

    Regarding the recent popularity of K-pop and Hangeul in France, they agreed to try to promote Korean language education in France and French in Korea.

    France put on a great deal of pomp and circumstance for the Korean visitor. Earlier that afternoon, Moon attended an official welcome ceremony in front of the Arc de Triomphe and laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

    Motorcycles guard President Moon Jae-in on his way to the Élysée Palace in Paris on Monday. /Yonhap

    After the ceremony, Moon was taken in a motorcade on a 1 km- route down the Champs-Élysées escorted by French mounted gendarmes. A total of 146 horses and 28 police cars and motorcycles were mobilized.

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