Trump ex­pects co-ef­forts with Moon for de­nuke is­sue

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Yoo-chul [email protected]­re­

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump told Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in that he was ex­pect­ing to see con­tin­ued joint ef­forts be­tween Washington and Seoul in achiev­ing com­plete de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of North Ko­rea and peace on the Korean Penin­sula, Cheong Wa Dae said, Tues­day.

“Dur­ing a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Moon and U.S. Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Robert O’Brien in Bangkok, Mon­day evening, O’Brien de­liv­ered Trump’s per­sonal let­ter in which the U.S. pres­i­dent also ex­pressed his con­do­lences over the pass­ing of Pres­i­dent Moon’s mother. Trump wrote of his ex­pec­ta­tion for con­tin­ued ef­forts with Pres­i­dent Moon to stay to­gether in achiev­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of North Ko­rea and peace on the Korean Penin­sula,” Cheong Wa Dae spokesper­son Ko Min-jung told re­porters in a brief­ing.

Trump also wrote that South Ko­rea and the United States are mak­ing con­certed and re­lent­less ef­forts to restart the re­unions be­tween fam­i­lies north and south of the Demil­i­ta­rized Zone (DMZ), the se­nior pres­i­den­tial aide said.

Re­call­ing Pres­i­dent Moon’s story of his fam­ily’s history on how his par­ents fled to South Ko­rea dur­ing the Korean War, the U.S. pres­i­dent also wrote in the let­ter that he and first lady Me­la­nia Trump were ini­tially sur­prised to hear of the death of Moon’s mother, the Cheong Wa Dae spokesper­son said.

“In the let­ter, Trump re­called hear­ing that Pres­i­dent Moon’s late mother had wished to set foot in her home­town in North Ko­rea again. Trump also wrote he was fully aware of Pres­i­dent Moon’s ef­forts and how those ef­forts made her proud of her son,” Ko told re­porters.

Moon’s par­ents fled to South Ko­rea dur­ing the Hung­nam Evac­u­a­tion in 1950.

Moon thanked O’Brien for de­liv­er­ing Trump’s let­ter and wished for Washington’s con­tin­ued en­gage­ment in re­solv­ing the North Korean nu­clear con­flict is­sue.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Pope Fran­cis also shared their con­do­lences, send­ing let­ters to the Pres­i­dent via an­other pres­i­den­tial aide and diplo­matic chan­nel, re­spec­tively.

On a re­lated note, Ja­pa­nese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe con­demned

North Ko­rea’s con­tin­ued mis­sile launches by call­ing the ac­tions a breach of United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.

In Bangkok at this year’s sum­mit with lead­ers of South­east Asian coun­tries, Abe stressed eco­nomic sanc­tions cur­rently be­ing placed on North Ko­rea should be main­tained. Abe asked China, South Ko­rea, ASEAN mem­ber na­tions and Ja­pan to “fully ap­ply” U.N. sanc­tions on North Ko­rea to achieve the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the penin­sula.

Such a ges­ture by the Ja­pa­nese leader came af­ter an 11-minute faceto-face conversati­on with Pres­i­dent Moon on the side­lines of the ASEAN gath­er­ing, dur­ing which both of them agreed to re­solve all out­stand­ing bi­lat­eral is­sues via open di­a­logue.

Pres­i­dent Moon re­turned home Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter wrap­ping up his three-day trip to Thai­land for the ASEAN gath­er­ing.


South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, cen­ter, walks to at­tend ASEAN Spe­cial Lunch on Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment in Nonthaburi, Thai­land, Mon­day.

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