South Korean president calls for 4th summit with Kim Jong Un

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2019

On Monday Moon also told South Korean military generals they should be prepared to "meet rapid changes on the Korean Peninsula", and that the country has "not completely arrived at peace".

"I can confirm that preparations for the meeting are underway, we have been talking about it for quite a while", he pointed out.

President Donald Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House last week.

"I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand", he said on Twitter. Trump and Kim met again in Vietnam in February, but the meeting collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps.

The North had been urging the South to break away from Washington and proceed with inter-Korean economic projects that are now held back by US -led sanctions against the North. Moon's call for partial sanctions relief to create space for the inter-Korean projects and induce nuclear disarmament steps from the North has caused disagreements with Washington, which sees economic pressure as its main leverage with Pyongyang.

North Korea's state media on Saturday issued a commentary criticizing South Korea's purchase of fighter jets, including two recently delivered F-35A jets from the United States, calling it a "serious provocative act" that could intensify tension on the Korean peninsula.

Moon spent the past year making aggressive efforts to stabilize South Korea's hard-won detente with North Korea and improve bilateral relations.

While North Korea and the United States have been discussing the North's denuclearization, US ally South Korea has been taking steps to improve its ties with its old rival.

Moon did not directly address Kim's criticism, but said he has "high regard" for what he saw as Kim's strong commitment to diplomacy.

The remarks by the President came after Kim expressed his willingness to hold a third summit with the United States, provided Washington offers a "fair" and "mutually acceptable" deal.

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