Moon Hopes to Continue Trump's Engagement with N.Korea

  • By Kim Jin-myung, Ahn Jun-yong

    November 10, 2020 11:15

    President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged U.S. president-elect Joe Biden to "continue the accomplishments of the Trump administration" in engaging North Korea.

    Biden has criticized President Donald Trump's summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "vanity project," and Moon, who has been accused of the same thing by his detractors, now faces the uphill task of continuing a policy of high-level engagement that has so far produced zero results.

    Moon Jae-in /Newsis

    In his final presidential debate with Trump on Oct. 22, Biden said the U.S. president "legitimized" North Korea through his summits. Biden added that he would meet Kim only "on the condition that he would agree that he would be drawing down his nuclear capacity."

    In August of last year, Biden pointed out that Kim has yet to scrap a single nuclear weapon or allow inspectors to enter his country.

    He also pledged to jumpstart continued efforts by allies and other countries, including China, to achieve North Korean denuclearization, slamming Trump's penchant for summits with Kim to reach abrupt agreements and leaving his officials to iron out the details.

    But Moon said in a meeting with his senior secretaries, "I will try my best to ensure that the valuable achievements that have been accomplished in partnership with the Trump administration will continue and further develop in the next administration."

    Moon also vowed to ensure that there is no "vacuum" in the U.S.-South Korea alliance and advancing the peace process on the Korean Peninsula. He stressed that the Biden's Democratic Party has "experience in cooperating and pursuing peace" with the liberal governments of South Korea.

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