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Moon meets ex-U.N. chief Ban ahead of U.S. summit

All Headlines 14:39 June 02, 2017

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) --President Moon Jae-in met former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday to apparently discuss issues concerning foreign policy and national security, officials said.

The meeting was held over lunch at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae with only Moon's spokesman Park Soo-hyun in attendance.

Details of their discussions were not immediately disclosed, but they were widely expected to focus on the North Korean nuclear conundrum and renewed controversy over the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.

The meeting came ahead of Moon's planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington later this month.

In a phone conversation days after Moon's inauguration in May, Ban had offered to assist the new administration in any way possible.

The former South Korean foreign minister was seen as a potential presidential candidate before he renounced his ambitions and left the country in April to teach as a visiting professor at Harvard University.

He returned home for a visit on Thursday.

hague@yna.co.kr
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