20 July 2017

News Story: Moon says nuclear talks with N. Korea may be far away, but not humanitarian dialogue

South Korean President Moon Jae-in
SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in reiterated his decision to resume talks with North Korea on Wednesday, saying inter-Korean dialogue will be aimed at addressing humanitarian issues that may in turn help denuclearize the communist state.

The new South Korean president also insisted the decision on whether to resume such dialogue was entirely up to his country.

Moon's remarks came two days after his government proposed holding military and Red Cross talks with Pyongyang, which, if held, would mark a resumption of inter-Korean dialogue that has nearly come to naught over the past five years under Seoul's former conservative administration.

The U.S., however, has expressed its apparent opposition to resuming inter-Korean talks in the near future, noting the current conditions were "far away" from those needed for the resumption of dialogue with Pyongyang.

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