Moon was quoted as saying by BBC: "I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks". "It could be a resulting work of the USA -led sanctions and pressure".
The U.S. and other world powers want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. "He hopes such engagement and efforts will contribute to the resumption of honest dialogue leading to sustainable peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula", the Spokesman concluded.
The officials from the two Koreas sat before bottles of "Pyeongchang Water" and red ginseng tea, provided by a subsidiary of Lotte Group, a massive South Korean conglomerate that suffered major setbacks in China after it handed over land for a controversial anti-missile system in South Korea.
Moon said he was open to meeting his counterpart, Kim Jong-un, but he would not engage in "talks for the sake of talks". "The objective of it shouldn't be talks for the sake of talks", he said. North Korea has shown no willingness to discuss its nuclear weapons which pose an emerging threat to the American mainland, and it has stuck to its tough stance toward Washington while it tries to woo the South.
With only two winter sports athletes qualified, North Korea is likely to bolster its presence by sending significant numbers of cheerleaders to the Pyeongchang Games, which run from February 9 to 25, analysts say. "We're trying our best to peacefully resolve the North's nuclear issue". But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said Washington isn't changing its conditions on talks with the North. The United States, which still has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings. In his visit a year ago, Trump reportedly asked Moon whether the South might be persuaded to drop its calls for the reunification of the Peninsula, and, by implication, the fall of the Kim regime. The two leaders additionally "underscored the importance of continuing the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea", according to the White House.
The president "expressed his openness to holding talks between the United States and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", a readout of the call from the White House said.
South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Wednesday he expects the delegation will include 400 to 500 people. But it also said the apparent North-South thaw had not altered the USA intelligence assessment of the North's weapons programmes. In 2015, negotiators met for almost 40 hours before announcing a deal to pull back from a military standoff caused by land mine blasts that maimed two South Korean soldiers.
Moon addressed this by saying that it was "a concern that we have, a dilemma that we face in the current reality". Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken worldwide pressure and sanctions on the North. This year, the North Korean leader is opening January with a diplomatic offensive - but that doesn't mean a change of strategy.
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