Interviewer: Jean Yoon; additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in TOKYO, additional reporting by Christin Kim in SEOUL and Kyung Hoon Kim and Heejung Jung in TOKYO; Editing by Robert Birsel
Date: June 22, 2017
“China is North Korea’s only ally and China is the country that provides the most economic assistance to North Korea,” Moon said. “Without the assistance of China, sanctions won’t be effective at all.”
Moon said he has “high expectations” for the upcoming summit with Trump next week and said the priority the two leaders have placed on North Korea has raised the possibility the nuclear issue will be resolved.
“I’m very glad that President Trump has made the resolution of North Korea’s nuclear issue as top of his priority list on his foreign affairs agenda.”