In this Jan 10, 2019 photo, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in holds his New Year press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. (JUNG YEON-JE / POOL / AFP)
SEOUL – President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in on Monday expressed his hope of great progress in denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during the upcoming second summit between the Democratic People's Republic Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
Moon Jae-in said great progress had been made in inter-Korean relations in less than one year since his first summit with Kim Jong-un in April last year
Addressing a meeting with the country's top religious leaders, Moon said he hoped that great progress would be made in denuclearization and the normalization in relations between Pyongyang and Washington during the second DPRK-US summit, according to the presidential Blue House.
During the Singapore summit, Kim and Trump agreed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and setting up of new bilateral relations while making joint efforts to build a lasting peace regime on the peninsula.
Regarding inter-Korean relations, Moon said great progress had been made in less than one year since the first summit between the current leaders of the two Koreas was held in April last year, expecting further progress to be made.
Regarding possible options for resuming inter-Korean economic cooperation, Moon said the suspended tour to the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang could be resumed as the first inter-Korean cooperation project in the post-sanctions era.
The tour by South Koreans to the Mount Kumgang resort has been halted since 2008 when a South Korean female tourist was shot dead by a DPRK solider after allegedly venturing into off-limit areas.
HONG KONG NEWS