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Monday, April 29, 2019, 12:19
ROK hopeful for further US-DPRK talks
By Asia News Network
Monday, April 29, 2019, 12:19 By Asia News Network

President Moon Jae-in tells Asia News Network he is willing to facilitate the dialogue

Moon Jae-in (front, fourth from right), president of the Republic of Korea, meets on April 25 with a group of senior editors and journalists from the Asia News Network, an alliance of 24 leading English-language newspapers from 20 countries across Asia. ANN representatives gathered in Seoul at the network’s board meeting, which also marks the 20th anniversary of the alliance. (CHINA DAILY / ASIA NEWS NETWORK)

President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea expressed hopes for further dialogues between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as the willingness to mediate between the two. 

“President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un both expressed commitment to continue dialogue,” Moon said on April 25, adding that he hopes a third summit between the DPRK and the US is held soon.

Moon was speaking in Seoul at a meeting with senior leaders of the Asia News Network — a coalition of 24 news organizations across 20 Asian countries.

He said he “will meet Chairman Kim as early as possible, and will facilitate” a US-DPRK dialogue.

The second US-DPRK summit in February ended without an agreement. 

At the meeting with Moon, Chon Shi-yong, editorial director of The Korea Herald and ANN chairman, conveyed the ANN member organizations’ hopes for establishing peace on the Peninsula and their hopes to aid the New Southern Policy. The ANN counts among its members news organizations from all 10 ASEAN countries and India — the focus of the New Southern Policy. 

The New Northern Policy is aimed at achieving similar goals in relations with countries to the north and northwest of the Peninsula. 

ANN had its board members gather in Seoul on April 25 to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary and discuss its future direction at a time of close regional cooperation on political, business and cultural fronts.

Pana Janviroj, ANN executive director, highlighted the potential of linking the New Southern Policy with Seoul’s efforts to engage with the DPRK, suggesting the possibility of recognizing the DPRK as a dialogue partner of ASEAN.

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