US President Donald Trump (right) and leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un take a walk after their first meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, Feb 28, 2019, in Hanoi. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)
SEOUL – The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s foreign ministry said Wednesday that it will focus this year on helping resume dialogue between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
The ministry said in its 2019 work plan, submitted to the presidential Blue House, that the country will support the rapid resumption of the DPRK-US dialogue.
The ministry said in its 2019 work plan, submitted to the presidential Blue House, that the country will support the rapid resumption of the DPRK-US dialogue
It planned to push for comprehensive progress in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, improved relations between Pyongyang and Washington and the building of a peace regime on the peninsula.
An unnamed foreign ministry official told local reporters that the ROK will concentrate its diplomacy on rapidly resuming the DPRK-US dialogue, as the most important thing is to maintain a dialogue momentum between Pyongyang and Washington.
Regarding the second summit between DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, the ministry said the two leaders made a productive discussion on the denuclearization and its corresponding measures though they failed to reach a complete agreement.
The second Kim-Trump summit ended without any agreement in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in late February.
The Seoul ministry anticipated a great progress in the peninsula's complete denuclearization and the lasting peace settlement depending on follow-up talks between Pyongyang and Washington and the DPRK leader's possible visit to the ROK.
During the third summit with ROK President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang last September, the DPRK leader promised to visit Seoul in the foreseeable future.
The ministry said it will push to win support from relevant countries and the international community for effective progress in the denuclearization and the peace regime settlement, while closely cooperating with the United States.
It noted that the ROK will push to turn the armistice agreement into a peace regime on the peninsula.
The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with the armistice.
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