South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited US President Donald Trump helping to provide the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years
President Moon told reporters: “I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks, I want to show my gratitude.”
“It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.”
Though many in the foreign press seem to believe the upcoming meetings between North and South Korean could be seen as driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul, the South Korean President did absolutely not agree, stating that he believes South Korea will simply stick to the US point in case.
“This initial round of talks is for the improvement of relations between North and South Korea. Our task going forward is to draw North Korea to talks aimed at the denuclearization of the North,” President Moon said. “It‘s our basic stance that will never be given up.”
“The purpose of it shouldn’t talk for the sake of talks.”
Even though the government of Kim Jung-Un has made it known it would not be discussing nuclear weapons during a meeting with Seoul, many agree that it was mainly thanks to the US pushing for further sanctions as well as the cutting off all oil supplies that made the North Koreans come round.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">South Korean President Moon: Trump Deserves ‘Big Credit’ for Inter-Korean Talks <a href="https://t.co/1QmnCnXByb">https://t.co/1QmnCnXByb</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/jimgeraghty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JimGeraghty</a> <a href="https://t.co/w9KNvteUFD">pic.twitter.com/w9KNvteUFD</a></p>— National Review (@NRO) <a href="https://twitter.com/NRO/status/951113914800107521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The North Korean state media said: “If the North and South abandon external forces and cooperate together, we will be able to fully solve all problems to match our people’s needs and our joint prosperity.”
President Trump has stated that South-North Korean talks are “a good thing” and said he would even be willing to speak with North Korean dictator Kim.