South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday he hopes North Korea responds positively when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump this month as part of efforts to restart denuclearization talks with the North, ONA reports citing Reuters.
Speaking to his cabinet, Moon said he would use the April 11 summit in Washington to discuss restarting U.S.-North Korea talks, advancing a peace process and creating a “virtuous cycle” of improving relations with Pyongyang.
“I hope North Korea will respond positively to the efforts of Seoul and Washington,” he said.
Moon said the allies are “very much on the same page when it comes to our shared objective of achieving complete denuclearization and establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula”.
He criticized unnamed skeptics who he said had tried to “drive a wedge” between Seoul and Washington and “reverse the tide of peace”.
“This is in no way helpful to our national interest or the future of the Korean peninsula,” Moon said. “Such attempts can be labeled truly irresponsible, especially when we recall the state of crisis we endured before dialogue was launched.”
Moon said he would work with Trump to overcome obstacles and find new paths toward peace.
“If we work hard, we can pull it off,” he said. “Such positive thinking will lead us to a positive result.”
Recall that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to make any agreement at their summit in Hanoi in February.