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S.Korean president says to push for summit with DPRK leader

17 April 2019

"If the United States approaches us with the right manner and offers to hold a third North Korea-U.S. leaders' summit on the condition of finding solutions we could mutually accept, then we do have a willingness to give it one more try", Kim added.

But Moon did not specifically respond to Kim's criticism that South Korea was too subservient to the "anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy of the United States", and that the South's military persisted in "veiled hostility" by conducting exercises with USA forces.

It will be the first time for him to speak on the issue. since the regime's state media called on President Moon to "speak" more eagerly on behalf of the interest of Koreans. instead of being an (quote-unquote) "officious mediator". pressing the South Korean leader to do more.

Moon met U.S. President Donald Trump last week in Washington where they agreed on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea but did not announce specific plans on how to get the stalemated negotiations back on track.

The summit between Kim and Putin has been widely expected since the Russian government confirmed on April 3 that it has formally invited the North Korean leader to visit the country.

Later Monday, North Korean university students, with men wearing suits and women the nation's high-waisted, long-skirted traditional dresses, gathered at squares across Pyongyang to dance and celebrate the anniversary. But North Korea for decades has been pushing a concept of denuclearization that bears no resemblance to the American definition, with Pyongyang vowing to pursue nuclear development until the United States removes its troops and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan.

"I have high regard for Chairman Kim's unwavering commitment". Responding on Twitter, Trump welcomed a third meeting with Kim.

Lü said that the key to building enough mutual trust between the two to make a third summit possible largely lies in whether the U.S. will send signals that show sufficient sincerity, including seriously considering a phased denuclearization approach, as opposed to its complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement policy, and partially lifting its unilateral economic sanctions imposed on North Korea.

Moon also said he won't be restricted by location or format to have his fourth summit with Kim, indicating that he will not hold Kim to a promise to meet next in Seoul. In early March, the country delivered some 4,000 tons of flour to Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province, and Heungnam, South Hamgyong Province, for nutritional cookies for children and pregnant women. Moon's opening remarks made no mention of a special envoy. Moon visited Pyongyang for the third summit last September, and Kim promised a reciprocal visit to Seoul before the end of 2018. At the time, National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon also visited the North.

S.Korean president says to push for summit with DPRK leader