Moon offers to broker DPRK-Japan talks

Monday, 2018-04-30 07:09:06
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Journalists at the main press center in Goyang, northwest of Seoul, watch a live-aired historic scene of RoK President Moon Jae-in (R) and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un crossing the inter-Korean border into the southern side of Panmunjom for historic talks after they briefly entered the northern side of the truce village at the latter's request on April 27, 2018. (Photo: Yonhap)
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The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in offered to broker a dialogue between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Japan, relaying both sides' willingness to improve ties to each other, the presidential office said April 29.

Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had telephone talks earlier in the day to discuss the result of the summit between Moon and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un held Friday (April 27) at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

Moon told Abe that he had relayed Japan's hopes to normalize ties with Pyongyang during the summit. He also told Abe that Kim is willing to meet and talk with the Japanese leader.

"President Moon offered to lay a bridge between North Korea (DPRK) and Japan," presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

Moon and Abe agreed that the inter-Korean summit laid the firm ground for a successful summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Abe highly evaluated the two Korean leaders' commitment to complete denuclearization, adding he hoped to see the words lead to action.

The spokesman said the two leaders expressed hopes that the upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim would produce concrete measures for denuclearization.

The United States, Japan and RoK will make unified efforts toward the dismantlement of DPRK's nuclear arms, ballistic missiles and all weapons of mass destruction, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said.

Also on April 29, RoK's National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon met Abe to brief him on the result of the inter-Korean summit.

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