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Moon's approval rating soars in wake of summit with Kim

All Headlines 10:53 September 21, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating jumped to more than 60 percent this week, a survey showed Friday, as he produced a series of peace agreements in summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Moon's rating rose 11 percentage points from a week earlier to 61 percent in a Gallup Korea survey of 1,001 people conducted from Tuesday through Thursday. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Those with negative views of Moon's performance fell 9 percentage points to 30 percent.

The rise "can be seen as an effect of the third inter-Korean summit held in Pyongyang for the three days when the survey was held," Gallup Korea said, adding that more North Korea-related answers were given as reasons for a positive assessment of Moon.

Moon's trip to the North produced a series of tangible results, including Kim's pledge to take concrete denuclearization steps, such as dismantling the country's ICBM test site, and his pledge to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul.

The two leaders also agreed to take sweeping measures to reduce military tensions and further bolster inter-Korean exchanges and economic cooperation, such as reconnecting cross-border roads and railways, and to work together to win the right to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

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