21 June 2017

News Story: Moon adviser sticks to call for scaling back exercises in exchange for nuclear freeze

NEW YORK, June 19 (Yonhap) -- A special foreign affairs adviser to President Moon Jae-in on Monday stuck to his call for South Korea and the U.S. to consider scaling back joint military exercises in exchange for North Korea's nuclear freeze, saying negotiation is about "give and take."

Moon Chung-in, a Yonsei University professor, raised the eyebrows of opposition parties and conservatives in South Korea with the proposal for downsizing military drills that the North has long denounced as a rehearsal for invasion.

He broached the idea during a seminar in Washington on Friday.

Opposition parties accused the professor of acting like an adviser for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, said his remark does not represent an official government position. Officials said they also warned the professor that such comments are not conducive to good relations with the U.S.

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