Saturday 25 May 2019

South Korea urges Kim and White House to end diplomatic deadlock

 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for North to act. Photo: Jung Yeon-je-Pool/Getty Images
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for North to act. Photo: Jung Yeon-je-Pool/Getty Images

Nicola Smith

South Korea's president yesterday pressed North Korea to act over denuclearisation and break an ongoing diplomatic deadlock with the US.

But Moon Jae-in also suggested Washington consider "corresponding measures" to encourage Pyongyang toward nuclear disarmament, in part by declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty replacing the existing armistice.

He spoke during an annual televised address following North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's surprise trip this week to Beijing to meet Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, during which Mr Kim reportedly renewed a pledge to denuclearise.

Chinese media indicated that Mr Xi had given his blessing for a second summit between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Irish Independent

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