Moon calls for ‘irrevocable progress’ by end of 2018

September 08, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 03:39 am IST - Seoul

He is to meet Kim for a third bilateral summit on Sept. 18

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Friday that he is pushing for “irrevocable progress” in efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons by the end of this year as he prepares for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Earlier this week, Mr. Moon sent special envoys to Pyongyang. After returning home, the envoys said on Thursday that Mr. Kim still has faith in U.S. President Donald Trump and reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, although he expressed frustration over scepticism about his sincerity.

“What matters is implementing with sincerity the agreements among the leaders, and our objective is producing irrevocable progress by the end of this year,” said Mr. Moon, referring to denuclearisation and a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. During the Seoul envoys’ trip, the two sides agreed that Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon would meet in Pyongyang on September 18-20, in their third summit since April. South Korean officials say the meeting will focus on how to achieve denuclearisation.

Two senior members of South Korea’s delegation to Pyongyang are to fly to China and Japan to brief their leaders on their meeting with Mr. Kim.

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