Published: Чт, Декабря 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ban Ki-moon urges N. Korea to take denuclearization steps

Ban Ki-moon urges N. Korea to take denuclearization steps

The South Korean daily Hankyoreh reported that Moon was angry about press reports claiming discord between the USA and South Korea.

In this undated photo released Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Wonsan Shoes Factory in Gangwon, North Korea.

Pence said last month it was essential that worldwide sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until its complete denuclearization was achieved.

Moon is now pushing for Kim to visit Seoul before the end of the year, in what would be the first official visit from a North Korean leader to the capital since the end of the Korean War. The former South Korean foreign minister said on Monday "this is the time" to achieve Pyongyang's denuclearization after almost a quarter century of unsuccessful efforts, adding that the North and the world should not lose this opportunity. Moon spoke to reporters on Saturday aboard his presidential plane en route to New Zealand from Argentina, where he met Trump on the sidelines of a Group of 20 Nations summit. "We can improve South and North Korean relations as well as attain permanent peace on the Korean peninsula and denuclearisation". Trump recently said he is likely to hold a second summit with Kim in January or February.

"We're getting along very well", Trump said aboard Air Force One on Thursday as he prepared to travel to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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After Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled due to differences on the scale of denuclearization, USA sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration, among others.

North Korea had been angered by Washington's refusal to ease sanctions and has warned it could resume development of its nuclear program if the United States did not drop its campaign.

If Kim, a third-generation hereditary ruler, visits Seoul, he would be the first North Korean leader to do so since the end of the 1950 to 1953 Korean War.

Trade is also likely to feature, following New Zealand and South Korea signing a free trade agreement in 2015. In June, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

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