May 17, 2019 09:26
U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Seoul to meet with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in next month. He will fly in from Japan after attending a G20 summit there on June 28-29.
Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Ko Min-jung on Thursday told reporters the two leaders "will discuss how to build a permanent peace framework based on close cooperation through complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to strengthen the bilateral alliance."
The White House, meanwhile, said on the same day that they "will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea.
The two sides used subtly different expressions -- "complete denuclearization" and "final, fully verified denuclearization" -- about the same issue, whereas Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already dutifully adopted the latest U.S. form of words.
Cheong Wa Dae hopes to restart dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea, though Pyongyang has been dismissive of Seoul's mediation efforts. The presidential office still hopes for another inter-Korean summit in the near future.
Moon and Trump last met in Washington on April 11 but only had a few minutes alone together and achieved nothing.
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