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(LEAD) Moon says U.S.-N. Korea summit lays groundwork for world peace

All News 22:02 June 12, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details, additional information from 5th para; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to U.S. President Donald Trump, saying his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has paved the way for world peace.

"President Moon said President Trump has achieved a great success in the North Korea-U.S. summit, laying the foundation for peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but in the entire world," Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said of a telephone conversation between the two leaders.

The call was made hours after the U.S. leader held a historic summit with Kim in Singapore, agreeing to provide security guarantees for the communist North while the North Korean leader reaffirmed his commitment to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Trump was aboard Air Force One, en route to the United States, when the call was made, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

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Trump said the North Korean leader proved to be a "great" dialogue partner, also noting that their meeting has achieved more than any negotiations between working-level officials ever could.

Noting that the North has agreed to dismantle its missile engine test facility, the U.S. president said the decision again demonstrated Kim's willingness to make changes, Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

The Trump-Kim summit ended with a joint statement signed by the two leaders in which the North agreed to work to recover the remains of U.S. prisoners from the Korean War or those killed in action during the 1950-53 war.

Moon offered to begin discussions with North Korea for a joint excavation program between the three countries, noting the divided Koreas have already agreed to launch a similar program to find their own missing persons.

The two Koreas are currently scheduled to hold high-level military talks on Thursday.

Moon and Trump agreed to closely work together to implement the U.S.-North Korea agreement.

"The two leaders noted the importance of thoroughly and swiftly implementing what has been agreed between the North and the U.S. in the Singapore summit, and agreed to more closely consult and cooperate with each other to this end," Cheong Wa Dae said.


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