ROK's Moon: 'Willing to go anywhere to meet Kim Jong Un for a fourth summit'
Updated 20:34, 15-Apr-2019
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Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he is willing to go anywhere to meet the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un for a fourth summit. He hailed Kim's willingness to talk with the United States, vowing to help resume dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.

"As soon as North Korea (the DPRK) is ready, I hope the two Koreas will be able to sit down together, regardless of venue and form," Moon told a meeting with his top aides. "I will spare no effort to ensure that the upcoming inter-Korean summit becomes a stepping stone for an even bigger opportunity and a more significant outcome."

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The remarks come after Moon's brief summit with Trump at the White House last week as he tries to reignite the stalled DPRK-U.S. diplomacy and pushes for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

After the meeting with Moon, Trump said in Washington that the U.S. could make "smaller deals" with the DPRK "step by step." Meanwhile, he stressed that the U.S. and the ROK were focusing on "the big deal," which, in Trump's words, is to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Screenshot of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet. /CGTN Photo

Screenshot of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet. /CGTN Photo

Kim Jong Un said Friday he was open to a third meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump if Washington offered "mutually acceptable terms" after their second summit in Hanoi broke down. Trump hailed the decision, saying a third summit with Kim "would be good."

Moon, who brokered the talks between Washington and Pyongyang, welcomed Kim's "firm commitment for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" and expected a fourth inter-Korea summit would find ways to advance the DPRK-U.S. summits.

(With inputs from AFP)

(Cover: DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and ROK President Moon Jae-in shake hands as they arrive for the inter-Korean summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, April 27, 2018. /Reuters Photo)