Moon tells Trump of plan to send envoy to DPRK

Thursday, 2018-03-01 22:52:18
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ROK’s President Moon Jae-in talks with President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un, during their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, February 10, 2018. (Photo: Yonhap via Reuters)
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The Republic of Korea (ROK) plans to send a special envoy to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to an invitation from leader Kim Jong Un, ROK’s President Moon Jae-in told his US counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call on Thursday.

The two presidents discussed the recent visits to the DPRK by ROK’s high-level officials, the ROK’s presidential Blue House said in a statement.

“(Moon and Trump) agreed to continue to make efforts to head toward the Korean peninsula’s denuclearisation by maintaining the momentum of South-North dialogue,” the Blue House statement said.

In sending an envoy to Pyongyang, Moon said he would be seeking to reciprocate for the senior delegations dispatched to the Olympics by Kim Jong Un, including his sister, Kim Yo Jong.

Senior officials from Pyongyang visiting the ROK for the Winter Olympics said on Sunday their government was open to talks with the US, while the White House said any talks with the DPRK must lead to an end to its nuclear programme.