Moon, Trump Seek to Keep Momentum for Dialogue

Write : 2018-01-11 10:48:11 Update : 2018-01-11 14:47:54

Moon, Trump Seek to Keep Momentum for Dialogue

Anchor: The leaders of South Korea and the United States have held another telephone talk just a week after their last phone conversation. The two presidents think that the current inter-Korean dialogue may lead to denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang. The two sides also agreed to closely coordinate to keep the momentum for dialogue. 
Alannah Hill has more on the two president’s phone call Wednesday night. 

Report: While cross-border relations are fast improving between the two Koreas, the presidents of South Korea and the U.S. are making sure they are on the same page. 

Presidents Moon Jae-in and Donand Trump had another telephone conversation Wednesday night and discussed the result of the high-level inter-Korean talks held on Tuesday.

Seoul's presidential press secretary Yoon Young-chan told reporters that the two sides were of the same belief that the recent developments could lead to denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang. 

During the 30-minute phone call, the second in less than a week, Moon and Trump agreed to closely coordinate as Seoul and Pyongyang continue to hold talks. 

While discussing ways to sustain the momentum for dialogue, Trump said that the U.S. remains open to talks with Pyongyang should the reclusive state wish to hold such dialogue at an appropriate time and under the right conditions.  

He reaffirmed that there will be no military attack against North Korea while the two Koreas engage in dialogue. 

Trump also said that he will send Vice President Mike Pence to the Winter Games as the head of the U.S. delegation next month.

The White House added that Moon briefed Trump on Tuesday's inter-Korean talks and thanked him for his leadership in bringing about the meeting. It also said that the two leaders stressed the importance of maintaining "maximum pressure" on North Korea.

Following the phone call Trump expressed hope that the recent high-level talks will lead to "success for the world."

[Sound bite: U.S. President Donald Trump]
"Who knows where it leads? Hopefully it will lead to success for the world, not just for our country, but for the world. And we'll be seeing over the next number of weeks and months what happens."

He voiced such hope on Wednesday at the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House.   
Alannah Hill, KBS World Radio News.

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