The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s President Moon Jae-in holds his New Year press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Jan 10, 2019. (JUNG YEON-JE / POOL PHOTO VIA AP)
SEOUL — The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s President Moon Jae-in on Monday positively expected the outcome of the second summit between top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.
Moon said Trump positively assessed his meeting with senior DPRK official Kim Yong-chol, while working-level talks were under way in Sweden between Pyongyang and Washington, also joined by a ROK representative
Moon said during a regular meeting with his senior aides that he has heard from the US' side of the positive assessment on the results of the talks between Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as the former's meeting with Trump.
Kim Yong-chol visited Washington over the weekend and held high-level talks with Pompeo, and also met with Trump in the Oval Office at the White House.
Moon said Trump positively assessed his meeting with the senior DPRK official, while working-level talks were under way in Sweden between Pyongyang and Washington, also joined by a ROK representative.
The news brightened the future for the upcoming summit between the leaders of the DPRK and the United States, which the White House said would be held near the end of February, Moon noted.
Moon stressed that ROK should take this golden opportunity to peacefully resolve the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula.
He said his country should build an unwavering peace on the peninsula that can lead to an opportunity for growth in ROK's economy.
This combo photo shows US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and the Republic of Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. (PHOTOS / AFP)
US, ROK top diplomats talk over phone on summit
Earlier Monday, ROK's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held phone talks in the morning over the second DPRK-US summit, according to Seoul's Foreign Ministry.
Kang and Pompeo held a phone conversation for half an hour from 9:30 am local time (0030 GMT).
During the phone dialogue, Kang and Pompeo agreed to closely cooperate in helping DPRK's Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington lead to the success of the second Kim-Trump summit
They exchanged opinions about Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington, as well as the second summit between DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un and Trump.
During the phone dialogue, Kang and Pompeo agreed to closely cooperate in helping Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington lead to the success of the second Kim-Trump summit.
They also agreed to cooperate to help implement the agreement reached by Kim and Trump after their Singapore summit, in which the two leaders agreed to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and build new relations between Pyongyang and Washington.
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