S. Korea to propose March 29 talks with N. Korea; Moon hints at possibility

문 대통령, 남북미 정상회담 가능성 언급한 가운데 청와대 3월29일 남북고위급대화 제안
President Moon Jae-in is floating the idea of a possible trilateral summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
On a busy day of diplomacy on Wednesday,... the South Korean leader's preparation committee for his summit with Kim Jong-un suggested talks with the North on March 29th to start laying the groundwork for the historic meeting.
Our chief Cheongwadae correspondent Moon Connyoung reports.

"A North Korea-U.S. summit following an inter-Korean summit would be a historic event in and of itself. Depending on the venue, it could become even more dramatic. And, depending on the progress, it may even lead to a three-way summit between South Korea, North Korea, and the U.S."

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's first mention of the possibility of a trilateral summit... following the first two one-on-ones which, the president stressed, should focus on ending the nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula once and for all.

The remarks came as he chaired the second meeting of the South's interagency preparation committee for the inter-Korean summit between President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un late next month.

U.S. President Donald Trump has also said he would meet the North's Kim by the end of May.

The historic rendezvous between President Moon and North Korean leader Kim are set to take place on the southern side of the border between the two Koreas in the truce village of Panmunjom... and it could also serve as the venue for a possible three-way meeting between Seoul, Pyongyang, and Washington.

"The series of summits must aim for a complete end to the nuclear and peace issues on the Korean Peninsula. Regardless of whether the two Koreas live together or separately, we have to make sure that the two prosper together and in peace, without interfering or causing damage to one another."

The South Korean leader added... that cannot be made possible without the role of the U.S.

"President Moon said the establishment of a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula can only be made possible with the guarantee from the United States... meaning normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations and economic cooperation involving Pyongyang and Washington."

Also discussed in Wednesday's meeting were the composition of an advisory panel made up of 40 to 45 as well as a media-friendly support system.

"The members of the summit preparation committee decided to propose to the North holding high-level talks next Thursday on the northern side of the Korean border in the truce village to set the date and agenda to be discussed at the upcoming leaders' summit.
The Blue House says South Korea will be represented by a group of three high-level officials headed by Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyun.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."

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