Moon Warns Against U.S.-N. Korea Dialogue Drying up

  • By Jeong Woo-sang, Cho Yi-jun

    June 13, 2019 12:58

    President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday warned that denuclearization talks between the U.S. and North Korea could run aground if the silence goes on much longer.

    Speaking at the University of Oslo, Moon said he is urging North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump to meet again soon.

    Commenting on the possibility of an inter-Korean summit ahead of his summit with Trump in late June, he said, "I think it's desirable [for me] to meet [Kim], if possible" before Trump's visit to Seoul but added it is up to Kim.

    President Moon Jae-in (right) answers to a question from the audience at the University of Oslo in Norway on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    On Tuesday, Trump said that he had received a letter from Kim, the first the U.S. and North Korean leaders have exchanged since January. It remains to be seen whether the denuclearization talks, stalled since the second failed bilateral summit in Hanoi in February, could gain steam again.

    Asked if he will meet Kim again, Trump told reporters, "Well, it could happen, but I want to bring it further down the line."

    In other words, it would depend on whether Pyongyang makes a commitment to denuclearization in working-level talks.

    Trump did not reveal details of the letter, but it came around the first anniversary of his first summit with Trump in Singapore on June 12 last year.

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