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Scepticism rising in S. Korea ahead of 3rd summit with North

In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea.

In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea.   | Photo Credit: AP

Nam Sung-wook, a professor at Korea University, says if Mr. Moon fails to address economic problems, he can’t maintain public support only with his North Korea policy.

South Korea’s liberal President faces growing scepticism at home about his engagement policy ahead of his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A survey showed nearly half of South Koreans think next week’s summit won’t find a breakthrough to resolve a troubled nuclear diplomacy.

It comes as President Jae-in Moon’s approval rating is declining amid economic frustrations.

Nam Sung-wook, a professor at Korea University, says if Mr. Moon fails to address economic problems, he can’t maintain public support only with his North Korea policy.

And if the economy gets worse, many people will demand that Mr. Moon stop looking to North Korea and start resolving his own economic problems.

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