Moon to Push for Trump-Kim Summit Before U.S. Election

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    July 02, 2020 10:46

    President Moon Jae-in is pushing for another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump before the American election in November.

    Moon floated the idea, already slapped down by Trump's North Korea point man Stephen Biegun, during a videoconference with European Union leaders on Tuesday.

    A Cheong Wa Dae official quoted Moon as saying he hopes "with patience" to maintain the momentum of "progress and accomplishment" in dialogue between the U.S. and the two Koreas.

    President Moon jae-in speaks at a videoconference with the EU leaders at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    The official quoted Moon as telling EU Council President Charles Michel, "U.S.-North Korea dialogue needs to be pursued one more time" and adding that the EU "could play a big role."

    The official claimed Seoul and Washington have been "communicating closely" since the North blew up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong last month and added that Trump "understands" Moon's views.

    Moon's idea was apparently conveyed by Korea's chief nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon to Washington last month.

    But Biegun has already dismissed the possibility of another summit between the U.S. and North Korea, telling a forum in Germany this week, "I think it's probably unlikely between now and the U.S. election" and adding that the coronavirus epidemic makes it even more improbable.

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