Moon to Stress Engagement with N.Korea at UN

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    September 20, 2019 11:24

    President Moon Jae-in is expected to elaborate on how to improve inter-Korean relations and resume U.S.-North Korea negotiations when he addresses the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

    But Moon has "no plan" to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the event, according to Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday.

    Instead of the spat with Japan, Moon wants to move the focus on North Korean issues during his five-day stay in the U.S. that starts Sunday.

    During a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and in his speech at the General Assembly, he will remind his listeners of agreements with North Korea struck last year and try to make a case for the importance of good inter-Korean relations in any progress on denuclearization.

    But the campaign comes at an awkward time for Moon, when North Korea has virtually stopped talking to South Korea and is going straight over its head directly to the U.S. with an offer of fresh talks.

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