Cheong Wa Dae Hopes Kim Jong-un Can Visit on March 1

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    January 17, 2019 11:49

    Moon Jae-in (left) and Kim Jong-un /Yonhap

    Cheong Wa Dae hopes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can visit Seoul around March 1 Independence Movement Day. The hope is that the visit will coincide with cross-border celebrations of the movement's centenary.

    President Moon Jae-in said in his New Year's address on Jan 10, that the leaders of the two Koreas will have to "sit face to face and share and discuss the results of the U.S.-North Korea summit" after Kim meets with U.S. President Donald Trump.

    If that summit takes place in February as expected, Kim would then be free to visit South Korea the following month.

    The leaders of the two Koreas agreed in Pyongyang last year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national holiday together. Cheong Wa Dae and ruling Minjoo Party lawmakers believe a fourth between Moon and Kim would lend luster to the occasion.

    But so far everything is up in the air. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "We don't even know what will happen at the U.S.-North Korea summit."

    Another auspicious date could be April, which marks the first anniversary of the Moon-Kim summit in the border truce village of Panmunjom.

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