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Moon, Trump hold talks on N. Korean denuclearization

Diplomacy 04:03 December 01, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit here Friday to discuss ways to peacefully denuclearize North Korea.

The meeting began shortly after the G-20 leaders broke out of their first session for a brief recess.

The discussions were widely expected to include when and where they should hold their separate talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim agreed to visit Seoul before the end of the year during his latest summit with Moon in Pyongyang in September.

However, no formal discussions have been held between the two Koreas to arrange Kim's trip as he is also set to hold a second U.S.-North Korea summit with Trump.

The U.S. president has said his second meeting with Kim will not be held at least before the start of next year.

Officials from Moon's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, have said Seoul continues to hope for a fourth Moon-Kim summit to be held before the year's end but that North Korea may have other issues to consider.

"We have consistently announced that we look forward to Chairman Kim Jong-un's visit to Seoul before the year's end," a ranking Cheong Wa Dae official said earlier.

"North Korea, on the other hand, may have to consider many issues. It may have to decide whether it would be better to hold (an inter-Korean summit) before or after the U.S.-North Korea summit," the official added.

The South Korean president was expected to ask for U.S. understanding should the divided Koreas decide to hold a summit before the proposed U.S.-North Korea summit.

Moon and Kim met three times in April, May and September. Trump and Kim held the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore in June.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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