The Dallas Morning News

Trump, Moon diverge on N. Korea strategy

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and South Korea’s Moon Jaein agreed Thursday on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea but weren’t completely aligned on whether sanctions would pressure Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons or drive him away from the negotiatin­g table.

Trump, in his first meeting with Moon since the unsuccessf­ul U.S. summit with Kim in Hanoi, said the U.S. wants to keep economic sanctions in place to pressure Kim to denucleari­ze. But Trump said he retains good relations with Kim and didn’t rule out a third summit or taking steps to ease food or other shortages in the repressive nation.

Moon has called for an easing sanctions. But he didn’t speak to the sanctions issue as he and Trump spoke with reporters at the start of their talks.

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