[Writer's Choice] Moon Jae In and Trump Expected to Meet at UN in Hopes to Resume North Korea Talks

Jay Yim, Sept. 13, 2019, 3:08 p.m.


According to Moon Jae In's office, the South Korean president and U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to have a summit at the United Nations some time this month. The summit is in hopes to restart talks aimed at dismantling North Korea and its nuclear weapons program.

Moon's spokeswoman Ko min Jung said that the two countries are working on a fixed date for the meeting during Moon's visit to New York for the UN General Assembly held from Sept. 22-26.

The announcement comes after North Korea expressed its willingness to reopen denuclearisation talks with the U.S. within the month.

Negotiations continued to stall after a failed summit meeting in February this year between the two leaders. Both leaders agreed to resume talks when they met again in June at the inter-Korean border.

On Thursday, Trump said that he would be willing to have another meeting with Kim at some point this year.

Earlier this week, Trump removed John Bolton from his position as hard-line national security adviser. This could facilitate the revival of the talks, even though persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons won't be any easier.

Pyongyang has also repeatedly demanded the U.S. adjustments on sactions, giving a warning that dealings between both sides could end unless the US takes a new approach.

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