September 11, 2020 12:36
President Moon Jae-in is expected to make a fresh advance to North Korea in a virtual session of the UN General Assembly later this month.
Cheong Wa Dae has become increasingly frantic in its overtures to North Korea, all of which have been rebuffed. On Thursday, officials at the presidential office discussed ways to push ahead with the Korean "peace process" ahead of the second anniversary of a summit between the two Korean leaders, a spokesman said.
National security adviser Suh Hoon and his U.S. counterpart Robert O'Brien agreed on the phone the previous day that the next few months are crucial to efforts for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun flew to Washington on Wednesday to meet Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and seek exemption from international sanctions for some inter-Korean cooperation.
The government believes that this is virtually the last chance to resume inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korea talks before Moon's term in office ends.
In the UN speech, Moon is expected to propose cross-border cooperation in efforts to fight the coronavirus epidemic and African swine fever.
In a letter on to Moon in March, Kim Jong-un mentioned the possibility of a joint response to farm animal diseases. Moon could also offer aid for North Korean victims of recent flooding. although Pyongyang has already refused any aid from the South.
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