An American scholar based in Seoul has urged President Moon Jae-in to "revitalize" dialogue between North Korea and the U.S. in the wake of their failed summit last month.
In a contribution titled "South Korea can save the nuclear talks" published on March 7 by the U.S. magazine Foreign Affairs, John Delury, an associate professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, said, "The U.S., South Korea and North Korea need to keep the process going."
To expedite rapprochement between Washington and Pyeongyang, he said, "(South) Korean President Moon Jae-in will have to re-energize the process" by urging Kim to make a visit to Seoul as soon as possible.
Calling the latest developments in North Korean-U.S. ties "encouraging" despite the lack of agreement in Hanoi, Delury said, "For the first time in a decade, when it comes to U.S.-North Korean relations, the arrows are pointing in the right direction."
By having Kim make a reciprocal visit to Seoul, the scholar said, "President Moon can set about bridging the gap that was exposed in Hanoi."
Delury predicted that President Moon "can clear the way for the anticipated working-level efforts by the U.S. State Department" by mediating between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim, adding, "Perhaps an interim deal can be announced and implemented without the fanfare of a summit."
For the next summit, he said, "Maybe the next summit can be a trilateral one, with leaders of the U.S. and the two Koreas meeting together for the first time to declare the end of war and jumpstart the next phase of the peace and denuclearization process."
Source: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism