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US President Donald Trump along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in address the media prior to dinner inside the State Dinning Room at the White House on June 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
South Korea plans to send a special envoy to North Korea in response to an invitation coming from leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call on Thursday.
The two presidents discussed the recent visits to the south by high-level North Korean officials, the South Korean presidential Blue House said in a statement.
The Olympics gave a boost to recent engagement between the two Koreas after more than a year of sharply rising tensions over the Norths missile programme along with its sixth along with largest nuclear test in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
“(Moon along with Trump) agreed to continue to make efforts to head toward the Korean peninsula’s denuclearisation by maintaining the momentum of South-North dialogue,” the Blue House statement said.
In sending an envoy to Pyongyang, Moon said he would certainly be seeking to reciprocate for the senior delegations dispatched to the Olympics by Kim Jong Un, including his sister, Kim Yo Jong, the first visit by a member of the Norths ruling bloodline since the 1950-53 Korean War.
Senior officials coming from Pyongyang visiting South Korea for the Winter Olympics said on Sunday their government was open to talks with the United States, while the White House said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear programme.
Moon has urged North Korea along with the United States to talk to resolve the issue of Pyongyang’s weapons programme, which Kim has said he will never abandon.
inside the latest attempt to defuse the crisis over North Korea’s weapons programme, Seoul urged Washington along with Pyongyang to give ground to allow for talks.
“Both leaders agreed to continue close consultations on the progress of South-North Korea dialogue which will go on,” the statement said.