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Moon has message from Trump for N.K. leader: CNN

Diplomacy 09:34 April 21, 2019

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in has a message from U.S. President Donald Trump to deliver to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, CNN has reported.

Moon met with Trump at the White House earlier this month to discuss ways to get the stalled denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang moving again.

Trump's message includes "things that matter to the current course of action, things that have to lead to something positive for the US-DPRK summit," an apparent South Korean diplomatic source was quoted as telling CNN.

"I believe (Kim) will be very, very curious about what my President (Moon) will have to say after his meeting with the Trump administration," the source said. "President Moon has been clear and simple. Small deal, big deal, good or bad, something has to happen; the process has to be sustainable."

The nuclear negotiations have been in a stalemate after February's summit between Trump and Kim ended without an agreement due to differences over how to reconcile Washington's demands for denuclearization measures and Pyongyang's demand for sanctions relief.

The North has been stepping up criticism of the United States, with senior diplomats blasting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton by name for failing to understand Pyongyang's negotiating position and making irrelevant remarks.

The North also conducted a test-firing of a newly developed weapon last week.

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