Moon: World must end mistrust of Kim’s bid to abandon nukes
Tehran (KNA) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he has been “convinced” that the North’s leader is sincere in his bid to abandon nuclear arms, urging the world community to end its “mistrust” of Kim Jong-un and reward him, instead, for his peace efforts.
Moon told French newspaper Le Figaro in an interview published on Monday that he had found Kim “sincere, calm and polite” during their recent meetings.
“This year I have discussed in depth with Kim for hours. These meetings have convinced me that he has taken the strategic decision to abandon his nuclear weapon,” Moon said.
Pyongyang stopped its internationally-criticized nuclear and missile tests this year as part of an agreement signed between Kim and United States President Donald Trump during a historic summit in Singapore in March. During that talks, the two sides agreed on the need for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
That summit was followed by three meetings between Kim and Moon.
Over the past months, talks have been under way between Washington and Pyongyang, but the dialog has achieved little progress, with US sanctions against Pyongyang remaining in force despite Pyongyang’s measures towards denuclearization.