Moon to discuss inter-Korean summit with Trump

Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to embark on a visit to the United States on Sunday to brief his counterpart Donald Trump over the recent inter-Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.

Apart from discussing the matter with Trump, President Moon is also scheduled to explain the outcome of the inter-Korean summit at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Yonhap News Agency reported.

“President Moon is set to thoroughly explain the outcome of the third inter-Korean summit (in 2018) that was held under the interest of the entire world,” said Nam Gwan-pyo, a senior director from the presidential National Security Office.

He added that the South Korean President “will hold in-depth discussions (with Trump) on ways to break the impasse in North Korea-US talks and to improve their relations.”

On September 18, President Moon visited in Pyongyang, which was the first trip by a South Korean head of state. The visit was largely aimed at brokering the stalled talks between North Korea and the United States over the former’s progress of denuclearisation and to discuss steps to further improve inter-Korean ties.

The two Koreas signed a joint military agreement and a joint statement to cease hostilities and working for peace on the peninsula. The two sides also agreed to take “additional steps” to achieve the process of denuclearisation.

Kim and President Moon reaffirmed to establish a peace treaty to replace the current armistice agreement to end the 1950-53 Korean War. The two Koreas are technically at war in the absence of any peace pact.