SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in has delivered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's message to U.S. President Donald Trump that he wants to complete denuclearization so as to focus on economic development, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Thursday.
Lee made the remark during a Cabinet meeting, referring to Moon's talks with Trump held in New York earlier this week and stressing that a new history of peace is unfolding on the Korean Peninsula and that such a historic chance must be seized.
"Chairman Kim Jong-un's intention to achieve denuclearization so that he can concentrate on economic development has been delivered to U.S. President Donald Trump and to the world via President Moon Jae-in," Lee said.
"I know by intuition that a new history is progressing on the Korean Peninsula toward a peaceful future. We must not miss this historic chance and must seize it. I hope leaders around the world will join us in seizing this opportunity," he said.
Lee also instructed the Cabinet to take necessary steps in a speedy manner to follow up on the results of Moon's summit meetings with the North's leader and Trump.
Moon and Trump met bilaterally Monday (local time) in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Their talks came just days after Moon held his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an effort to help break the impasse in the negotiations between the United States and the North.
Moon briefed Trump on the outcome of his talks with the North's Kim, and the two leaders discussed ways forward, including what measures the U.S. could take in response to the North's denuclearization steps and how to declare an end to the Korean War.
Source: Yonhap News Agency