RoK president says U.S. shows intention to talk with DPRK

Tuesday, 2018-02-13 10:54:38
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The RoK President Moon Jae-in (1st R front), Kim Yong Nam (1st R front), president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Kim Yo Jong (2nd R front), the younger sister of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un celebrate the success of a concert performed by a 140-member DPRK art troupe in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in said the United States had shown its willingness to talk with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid growing signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations, Moon's spokesman said on February 13.

Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for Moon, told a press briefing that the president made the remarks during the summit meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, who came to RoK on February 8 and attended the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics held in the country's east county of PyeongChang a day later.

The RoK leader said the United States was seeing the talks between RoK and the DPRK positively and that the U.S. side showed its intention to talk with the DPRK.

The senior-level, inter-Korean dialogue was held in January, the first such talks in over two years, in the truce village of Panmunjom, where the DPRK agreed to send its athletes and cheerleaders as well as a high-ranking delegation.

The ranking DPRK delegation, including Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, attended the ongoing Winter Olympics' opening ceremony and met with President Moon on February 10 at the presidential complex of the Blue House.

As a special envoy of the DPRK leader, the younger Kim delivered the invitation to Moon to visit Pyongyang at his convenient time.

During the telephone conversation in January, Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump shared a possibility for inter-Korean talks naturally leading to a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.