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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea’s criticism of the United States is merely a negotiating tactic, and plans to denuclearize the Korean peninsula remain “on track” for a successful outcome.
“No one can be optimistic about the results, but my cautious outlook is that the negotiations would be able to succeed if the North carries out a complete denuclearization, and the international community gathers efforts to provide security guarantees to the North,” Moon said following a meeting with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob.
Moon - Remarks - Days - Spokesman - North
Moon’s remarks come days after a spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry dismissed remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he had “made progress on almost all of the central issues” during a recent visit to Pyongyang, arguing that their hope for friendly and productive talks was “so naive as to be foolish.”
“The U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration, and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks,” a spokesman said in a statement. “The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war.”
Issues - US - Side - Talks - Roots
“The issues the U.S. side insisted on at the talks are all roots of troubles, which the previous administrations also had insisted on to disrupt the dialogue processes, stoke the distrust and increase...
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