KOLKATA (India) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in underscored the need for the US to reinstate and follow up on the talks with North Korea that was originally undertaken by outgoing President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a news conference, Moon addressed the upcoming Inauguration Day for the US President-elect Joe Biden who’s set to take the helm of America, and what will be a decisive point of the global politics where the US plays a central role.
South Korean President Moon said the Biden Administration should make sure to follow up on the talks with North Korea and initiate the denuclearization of North Korea, which, as of now faces a prolonged stalemate since Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un held talks in a historic summit in Singapore.
Trump’s intent aimed at denuclearizing North Korea in exchange for withdrawn sanctions on the North. Trump and Kim sought to enter new relations but work-level talks failed in the second Summit followed by Trump.
“The inauguration of the Biden administration would provide a turning point to newly start U.S.-North Korea dialogue, South-North dialogue, to inherit the achievements that were made under the Trump administration,” Moon told a New Year news conference, Reuters reported.
“The dialogues can pick up the pace if we restart from the Singapore declaration and seek concrete measures in the negotiations.”
President Moon has offered to mediate talks between Pyongyang and Washington and said he will seek an early chance to renegotiate the denuclearization in the Korean peninsula.
South Korean President Moon;’s comments come amid a souring relationship with North Korea. North Korea just recently held the eighth congress of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Kim Jong-un’s influential sister slammed South Korea for its alleged hostile attitude toward the North after speculations went rife that North Korea was holding a possible military parade, as reported by South Korean intel.
“We are only holding a military parade in the capital city, not military exercises targeting anybody nor launch of anything,” Kim Jong-un’s sister said, confirming the parade was scheduled as speculated.
“The southerners are a truly weird group hard to understand,” Kim Yo Jong further said, who is an influential figure in North Korean politics. “They (the Southerners) are the idiot and top the world’s list in misbehavior.”
Closing off the historic event, North’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un vowed to ram up the nation’s arms capacity and bring on economic reforms while attaining self-reliance.
Expert observes opine Kim’s statement of a bolstered army and targeted economic growth is a clear warning to the US that is inheriting a derailed negotiation with North Korea that Trump sought to began.