President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke over the telephone for 20 minutes from 8:20 this evening. President Trump was speaking by phone from Air Force One, the U.S. presidential airplane, on the way back home from Singapore. Their telephone conversations on two consecutive days are unprecedented in the history of Korea-U.S. diplomacy.
President Moon began by giving high marks to President Trump for laying the significant foundation for peace in the world as well as on the Korean Peninsula by helping reach the successful fruition of the North Korea-United States summit.
Concerning the results of his talks with Chairman Kim Jong Un, President Trump expressed satisfaction over the fact that a better-than-expected outcome, which was difficult to achieve at the working-level discussions, was produced. In particular, President Trump said Chairman Kim was a nice partner to talk with and added that they had developed a very special bond though the summit this time.
Explaining the outcome of the summit, President Trump noted that Chairman Kim's pledge to dismantle a missile engine testing site in the North was a demonstration of his strong will for action.
Speaking of a project agreed to between North Korea and the United States to excavate the remains of American soldiers, President Moon said that a similar project was also agreed to between the two Koreas and that he would discuss with the North over a joint excavation among the two Koreas and the United States.
The two leaders were on the same page that it was important to completely and swiftly implement what was agreed between the North and the United States in the summit held in Singapore, and to this end, they agreed to more closely consult each other and work together.