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(LEAD) Moon, Trump highlight need for continued talks with N. Korea

All Headlines 02:08 April 12, 2019

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES with opening remarks from the leaders of South Korea, U.S. at their summit, additional details throughout)

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and the United States agreed on the need to maintain their dialogue with North Korea to rid the North of its nuclear weapons in a meeting held Thursday to discuss ways to restart the North Korean denuclearization talks.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for a third meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, stressing the importance of maintaining the momentum for dialogue.

"The situation on the Korean Peninsula changed dramatically after President Trump held a meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-un on June 12 last year," Moon said at the start of his meeting with Trump at the White House.

The meeting between Moon and Trump came after Trump's second summit with Kim in Hanoi ended without a nuclear deal, also prompting an apparent stall in U.S.-North Korea talks on ending the North's nuclear ambition.

Moon said the Hanoi summit was part of a process to reach a greater agreement.

"I believe what is important now is to maintain the momentum of dialogue, and offer hope that a third North Korea-U.S. summit will be held in the near future," Moon added, according to pool reports.

Trump said he may have failed to achieved all he wanted to in the Hanoi meeting but that certain things were very good.

The U.S. president also said he wished to continue holding dialogue with the North Korean leader.

Moon arrived here Wednesday on a two-day visit. He is set to head home later Thursday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands before the start of their meeting at the White House in Washington on April 11, 2019. (Yonhap)


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