S.Korean president to consult with Trump on concrete ways for Korean Peninsula’s denuclearization

SEOUL- South Korean President Moon Jae-1 will visit Washington this week to consult with U.S. President Donald Trump on concrete ways for the Korean Peninsula’s complete denuclearization, Moon’s office said Tuesday.

Moon will leave for Washington on Wednesday for his two-day visit. The Moon-Trump summit will be held Thursday (U.S. Eastern Standard Time), according to the presidential Blue House.
The summit will be held based on a shared recognition that consultations between the two countries are important to rapidly restore the momentum for dialogue following the Hanoi summit in February, Kim Hyun-chong, a deputy director of the National Security Office (NSO) of the Blue House, told a press briefing.

Moon’s trip to Washington will come after the second summit between Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and Trump ended with no agreement in late February in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.During the upcoming summit, Moon and Trump would consult on concrete ways for complete denuclearization of and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula while maintaining a top-down approach, said the NSO deputy director.

A senior Blue House official, who declined to be identified, told the press briefing that South Korea and the United States were on the same page regarding the “end state” of the complete denuclearization and the need for a roadmap to achieve the goal.The comment indicated Moon and Trump may discuss a detailed roadmap for the peninsula’s denuclearization and corresponding measures that can be taken by the United States and South Korea.

The DPRK leader said he would seek the peninsula’s complete denuclearization if Washington takes corresponding measures. The Moon-Trump summit could be followed by another Moon-Kim summit or Moon’s dispatch of his special envoy to Pyongyang.Moon and Kim met three times last year, the latest in Pyongyang in September when the DPRK leader promised to visit Seoul to reciprocate Moon’s Pyongyang visit.Enditem

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