UPDATED 10:01 AM PT — Monday, April 1, 2019
South Korea’s president said he hopes North Korea responds to joint efforts with the U.S. to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.
While meeting with advisers on Monday, President Moon Jae-in asked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to return to the negotiating table with the U.S.
Moon has faced criticism from Washington that South Korea may have oversold the north’s commitment to give up it’s nukes. However, his advisers said the U.S. can’t stick to an “all or nothing approach” in the negotiations.
He assured both he and the U.S. are on the same page when it comes to peace in the region.
“The United States and South Korea are keeping in close contact and cooperation, and are very much on the same page when it comes to our shared objective of achieving complete denuclearization and establishing permanent peace on the Korean peninsula,” stated the South Korean president.
Moon’s statement comes as a North Korean official reportedly said the U.S. missed an opportunity at the Hanoi summit, and Kim will soon decide if he wants to pull out of negotiations with the U.S.
Moon made his statements ahead of a reported meeting with President Trump next week.