Seoul ready to facilitate third Trump-Kim summit

  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 Apr 2019

Set to go: South Korean president Moon (second from right) speaking to senior editors of ANN on the eve of the network’s 20th anniversary in Seoul. — Asia News Network.

SEOUL: Senior editors of Asia News Network (ANN) met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who revealed that the republic is ready to facilitate a third Trump-Kim summit and ensure its success.

Speaking to the editors on the eve of the network’s 20th anniversary here, Moon said that he would ensure the success of any future meetings between the US president and leader of North Korea.

“We have seen remarkable changes in the last year. Just 18 months ago, there was much tension in the peninsular and genuine concern about the outbreak of war,” he said at the Blue House here yesterday.

After three summits between the South and North as well as two Trump-Kim summits, Moon said tensions had lessened.

He conceded that the Hanoi meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not achieve what was expected, but said he was ready to do what was necessary.

“I will be ready and (I am) looking forward to meeting Chairman Kim,” Moon said.

Kim is currently on a state visit to Russia and met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time.

According to analysts, Putin is expected to push the North Korean leader to restart six party talks aimed at a peaceful resolution to North Korea’s weapons programme.

Moon also revealed that in his latest visit to South-East Asia, Indonesian President Joko Widodo raised the possibility of inviting Kim to a November summit between Asean and South Korea.

A meeting with the 10-member bloc and North Korea would be an unprecedented recognition of Pyongyang’s attempts to normalise its foreign policy and a major step forward in Moon’s rapprochement of the north.

“Of course, such a meeting is not within (our) complete control,” Moon told ANN.

All the Asean members would first have to agree to such a meeting and Kim would as well.

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