South Korean President Moon Jae-in headed home Wednesday after a trip largely aimed at rallying international support for his country’s efforts to peacefully denuclearize North Korea.
Moon’s trip to New York began Sunday, just three days after he returned from a three-day visit to Pyongyang for his third meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Moon and Kim earlier met in the border village of Panmunjom on April 27 and May 26.
The South Korean president explained the outcome of his North Korea trip to global leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, while calling for their support for efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.
He also laid out the details of his third inter-Korean summit with Kim in an address to the United Nations earlier in the day.
“North Korea has come out of its long isolation on its own to stand before the world again. Now, it is time for the international community to respond to North Korea’s new choice and efforts,” he said in his address to the world body.
While meeting with Trump on Monday, Moon stressed the need for a second U.S.-North Korea summit in the near future to further consolidate Kim’s pledge to denuclearize his country and make sure the North Korean leader will not retract his promise.
Kim committed to complete denuclearization of his country in his historic summit with Trump in Singapore on June 12.
Trump said the second U.S.-North Korea summit will be held in the “not too distant future,” adding the time and location of the meeting will soon be available.
Many believe Moon may have offered to host the second Trump-Kim summit, or at least take part, as he seeks to declare a formal end to the Korean War together with the two leaders before the year’s end.
He has already invited the North Korean leader to visit Seoul in the near future, and Kim has accepted the invitation.
The two Koreas technically remain at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
“The declaration of an end to the war that the South and the North are seeking is a process we must undergo to move toward a peace regime,” Moon said Tuesday while meeting with a group of U.S. opinion leaders. “It is also needed to accelerate North Korea’s denuclearization steps.”
Source: Yonhap News Agency