FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
South Korean President Moon Declares ‘Constant Communications’ Era with North Korea Has Begun
Sept. 21, 2018 (EIRNS)—South Korean President Moon Jae-in spoke to the press Sept. 20, upon returning from his visit to North Korea, and was very upbeat about prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula. He said that he would be carrying a private message from North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un to President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month, where he will meet with Trump:
“There are things that the United States wants us to convey to North Korea, and on the other side there are also things that North Korea wants us to convey to the United States. I will faithfully serve that role when I meet President Trump to facilitate dialogue between North Korea and the United States,”
Moon announced. He further stated that Kim “expressed his wish to finish a complete denuclearization as soon as possible and focus on economic development.” Moon said that he will also be conveying to Trump his and Kim’s shared desire to sign a statement ending the Korean War, by the end of 2018.
Moon also said that North Korea wants U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea soon. And he said that he hoped that Kim would soon visit South Korea.
“I wish there would be an opportunity for my fellow citizens to see Chairman Kim Jong Un for themselves and hear him talking about the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, peace, and prosperity with his own voice,”
the South Korean President said. Moon also announced that he and Kim had reached several verbal agreements in addition to the written final declaration, including agreements to hold parliamentary talks; exchanges at the level of municipal governments; and operation of a permanent meeting facility at Mount Kumgang for families separated by the Korean War. Moon also asked Kim to lift the North’s confiscation of South Korean assets in the area, which Kim agreed to. Kim also accepted Moon’s proposal that North Korea display its cultural assets during an exhibition to be held in South Korea later this year, to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the establishment of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Moon stressed that the two nations have opened an era of “constant communications,” which will include regular summits, cross-border contacts, etc.