President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held a 50-minute telephone discussion from nine o’clock this evening on the dispatch of special envoys to North Korea.
The two heads of state had a candid conversation on the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula, including denuclearization negotiations currently underway between the United States and the North since the June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit as well as the expected third inter-Korean summit and progress in inter-Korean relations. They reached an agreement to continue close consultations and coordination at different levels between the two countries.
President Moon reminded President Trump of the fact that they had talked over the phone exactly one year ago immediately after the North's nuclear test. The President went on to say that much progress concerning the North Korean nuclear issue and peace on the Korean Peninsula was attributable to President Trump's determination and strong drive to push ahead with tasks.
President Moon gave a detailed explanation about his plan to dispatch special envoys to North Korea to discuss preparations for an inter-Korean summit and how to bring permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization. Saying that he sincerely hoped the South Korean delegation would achieve good results, President Trump asked President Moon to brief him on the outcome of the visit.
President Moon stressed that the current moment was very significant for the effort to settle peace on the Korean Peninsula and that it should be pursued alongside complete denuclearization. The President also emphasized that improvement in inter-Korean relations and the easing of tensions on the Peninsula would contribute to achieving the denuclearization and establishing permanent peace here.
President Trump said he sincerely hoped for the success of the inter-Korean summit in September not only to improve inter-Korean relations but also to push for the implementation of the agreement made during the North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore on June 12 and the follow-up talks going forward. The two leaders also agreed to review the possibility of meeting each other on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly to closely discuss future strategies for and ways to work together on Korean Peninsula issues.