Moon, Trump hold phone conversation ahead of DPRK-US summit

Monday, 2018-06-11 20:39:05
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Members of the press work at the international media center in Singapore, June 10, 2018. The much-anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, top leader of the DPRK, is to start here on Tuesday. (Photo: Xinhua)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump on June 11 held a phone conversation ahead of the summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.

Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a press briefing that Moon and Trump talked over the phone for about 40 minutes from 4:30 p.m. local time (0730 GMT).

Moon told Trump that the RoK’s leader and people would wholeheartedly pray for a successful DPRK-US summit.

Trump explained to Moon about what had been negotiated between Pyongyang and Washington until recently.

The two leaders made a detailed discussion on how to make the DPRK-US summit a success.

The summit is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Singapore time (0100 GMT) on June 12 at the Capella hotel on the resort island of Sentosa.

If Trump and Kim sit down face-to-face and frankly talk to find a common ground between the two sides, the two leaders could gain a big achievement, Moon and Trump agreed.

After the DPRK-US summit, Trump will send US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to RoK and China to explain the result of the summit.

Trump said he would consult with Moon on RoK-US cooperation to concretely implement the outcome of the DPRK-US summit.

* China sincerely hopes that the upcoming summit between the DPRK and the United States will yield positive outcomes, a foreign ministry spokesperson said June 11.

Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks at a daily press briefing.

The meeting between the two leaders has drawn high attention from the international community, Geng said, stressing that China sincerely hopes the meeting will go smoothly, yield positive results, and facilitate the process of denuclearization and political settlement of the Korean Peninsula.

* Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met with US President Donald Trump at the presidential office in Singapore on June 11 before Trump's upcoming meeting with the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un.

Both sides exchanged views on the historic summit between Trump and Kim.

Meanwhile, diplomats of US and DPRK delegations are discussing behind doors in Singapore on June 11, trying to narrow the gap and find something mid-way before their leaders' meeting on June 12 morning.

Lee also met with Kim on Sunday (June 10) night.

* RoK President Moon Jae-in said on the same day that the upcoming summit between the DPRK and the United States was anticipated to be a historic milestone for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Moon made the remarks during a weekly meeting with his senior secretaries, a day before the first-ever DPRK-US summit, according to the presidential Blue House.

The RoK’s president asked the leaders of the DPRK and the United States to boldly exchange what they demanded with each other, saying he had his anticipation and expectations for the successful DPRK-US summit.

President Moon emphasized the importance of improved relations between Seoul and Pyongyang and between Washington and Pyongyang ahead of the scheduled inter-Korean talks later this month.

The inter-Korean talks will focus on military affairs, sports and the reunion of Korean families separated across the heavily armed inter-Korean border since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with armistice.

The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war as the Korean War ended with armistice, not a peace treaty.

Trump said earlier that the upcoming summit with the DPRK leader could be a "get-to-know-you" session, indicating it would take more than one meeting to reach the eventual goal of complete denuclearization.

Xinhua