A television screen shows a news broadcast of leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un, in meeting with US president Donald Trump during their summit in Hanoi, at a railway station in Seoul, Feb 28, 2019. (ED JONES / AFP)
SEOUL/MOSCOW/TOKYO – Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump made more meaningful progress in their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea’s presidential Blue House said Thursday.
It is regrettable that President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un were unable to reach complete agreement.
Kim Eui-keum, Spokesman, Blue House
"It is regrettable that President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un were unable to reach complete agreement," Kim Eui-keum, spokesman for ROK President Moon Jae-in, said at a press briefing.
The Blue House spokesman noted that it seemed clear that the two leaders have made "more meaningful progress" than ever as they expanded the scope and depth of their understanding of each other's positions through the two-day summit in the Vietnamese capital.
The leaders of the DPRK and the United States ended their second summit with no agreement reached, according to the White House.
Trump said at a press conference after the earlier-than-scheduled end to his meeting with Kim that a gap remained between what the two sides wanted though their visions got "much closer" than a year earlier.
The Blue House spokesman said US President Trump expressed his commitment to continuing talks and his optimistic view, brightening the prospects for another summit.
The fact that Trump unveiled his intention to lift or alleviate sanctions on Pyongyang in accordance with the DPRK's denuclearization efforts showed the DPRK-US talks reached a new level, the spokesman noted.
The ROK government will do all it can to ensure that the DPRK and the US maintain dialogue, he added.
Meanwhile, Moscow welcomed the intention of both Trump and Kim to continue bilateral dialogue on the Korean Peninsula's situation.
"We positively evaluate the disposition of the US president and the top leader of the DPRK to continue the US-North Korea dialogue," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing.
Moscow believes that the dialogue must be supported by concrete measures, Zakharova said, adding that resolving the problems on the Korean Peninsula, including denuclearization, takes time and needs maximum restraint by all the parties involved.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he fully backed Trump's decision to end the summit without an agreement.
"I fully support President Trump's decision not to make the easy choice," Abe said following a telephone call with Trump.
"I am determined that I must meet Chairman Kim next," he added, reiterating his desire to have a summit with the DPRK leader.
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