President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. FILE PHOTO: GCIS

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S. Korean president says summit with DPRK to be possible without complicated format

Seoul, May 28, 2018 – President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said Monday that the summit with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s top leader Kim Jong Un would be possible in the future without any complicated format.

Moon made the remarks in a regular meeting with his senior secretaries, according to the presidential Blue House.

His comments came after Moon and Kim held their surprise second meeting at the border village of Panmunjom Saturday, just a month after their April 27 summit, the third-ever inter-Korean summit.

What was more meaningful than any at the Saturday summit, Moon said, was the skipping of complicated procedure and format to discuss urgent issues between the leaders of the two sides.

Moon called it a daily round between friends that can easily contact, easily arrange and easily meet, saying a formal summit such as the April 27 inter-Korean summit will also be very significant to develop inter-Korean relations.

He noted that if the two sides can frequently hold summits on urgent issues, though not formal meetings, it would further speed up the development of inter-Korean relations.

Moon instructed secretaries to keep in mind the possible inter-Korean summits such as the Saturday meeting in no format, saying the secretaries should examine necessary measures in preparation for such summits

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that a U.S. diplomatic delegation had arrived in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to prepare for a much-anticipated summit between Pyongyang and Washington.

“Our U. S. team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself,” Trump tweeted, referring to the DPRK by another name.

“I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!” he added.

At the Panmunjom truce village on Sunday, U.S. diplomat Sung Kim crossed the demarcation line into the DPRK for pre-summit negotiations with DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, in what was the latest sign that both sides were working to bring the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a DPRK top leader back on track.

The diplomat was summoned from his current post as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines.

He also served as top U.S. envoy to South Korea and was the chief negotiator for denuclearization talks with Pyongyang during the George W. Bush administration.

The arrival of the U.S. delegation came just one day after Moon Jae-in, president of South Korea, held an impromptu meeting with Kim Jong Un at the DPRK side of the truce village.

Neither Seoul nor Pyongyang revealed in advance Saturday’s Moon-Kim meeting, which, according to TV footage, saw the two.


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