Trump, Moon Agree Dialogue With North Korea must take place

  • North Korea
  • Saturday, 07 Dec 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) with family members and other officials on horses as they visit battle sites at Mount Paektu, Ryanggang, recently. - AFP

SEOUL: US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in said talks involving North Korea should continue, referring to the situation on the peninsula as grave.

The two leaders spoke by phone for about 30 minutes on Saturday (Dec 7) in Seoul, in a call that took place at Trump’s request, according to Moon’s spokeswoman Ko Min-jung.

"The two leaders acknowledged that the current situation on the Korean Peninsula is serious and agreed that the dialogue momentum aimed at delivering an early accomplishment of the US-North Korea talks for the North’s denuclearisation should be maintained, ” Ko said in a text message to reporters.

The conversation comes amid signs that North Korea may be preparing to conduct engine tests at its long-range rocket launch site, and rising tensions as a war of words between it and the US continues.

A satellite image from Thursday showed activity at North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility, which leader Kim Jong Un had once said he dismantled in a concession to Trump.

Earlier this week, Washington and Pyongyang revisited old insults -- "Rocket Man” from Trump and "dotard” from North Korea -- and Pyongyang said Washington’s behavior will determine what "Christmas gift” it gets from Kim. - Bloomberg

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