September 16, 2018

Moon Jae-in prepares for make or break inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong-un

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: The Guardian

Journalist Benjamin Haas

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will seek to salvage stalled nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the US during a summit with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Tuesday that could make or break his legacy.

Moon said on Monday that he would push for “irreversible, permanent peace”, and better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington during the “heart-to-heart” talks.

The South Korean president also said he wanted “to find a middle ground between a US request for [North Korea’s] denuclearization and the North’s request for corresponding measures such as ending hostile relations and security assurances.”

It will be the first trip by a South Korean leader to the North Korean capital in 11 years, after two previous summits between the men this year. Moon’s success will be determined by whether the North Korean leader makes concessions on his nuclear program, and it is his top priority, according to Moon Chung-in, an outspoken South Korean presidential advisor.

The South Korean president is also planning to discuss reducing military tensions between the two Koreas, and could secure troop reductions on the heavily militarised border.

Read the full article and more in The Guardian.

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...