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Major dialogue occasions to be delayed to next year

Posted November. 19, 2018 07:38,   

Updated November. 19, 2018 07:38


South Korean President Moon Jae-in returned to Seoul on Sunday from his trip to Singapore and Papua New Guinea, where he met with national leaders of the United States, China, and Russia. Their point of focus is put on different events – the second summit and the high-ranking meeting between the U.S. and North Korea, Kim’s visit to Russia, and Xi’s visit to North Korea. Despite such a stark difference, they all confirmed that they will hold such events next year.

Major nations did not welcome President Moon’s remarks delivered to the international community to lessen North Korea sanctions with denuclearization measures as a condition. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Moon that report and verification of nuclear facilities and missiles are the preconditions.

Even China, which is friendly to North Korea, did not reportedly mention any possibility of lessening North Korea sanctions. South Korea and China and did not release any information about whether their leaders discussed issues regarding the lessening of sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his position that the corresponding measure has to be taken if the North demonstrates progress toward denuclearization. According to a diplomatic source, the North Korean nuclear issue could be affected by the dynamics of global players including the U.S.-China trade disagreement.

Sang-Jun Han alwaysj@donga.com