By Kim Min-Jeung
President Moon Jae-in stated that a prerequisite for peace on the Korean Peninsula is denuclearization, and that denuclearization should take place to help stabilize that peace.
The president was speaking in an interview with the U.S.’ representative conservative media outlet, Fox news, while visiting New York to attend the U.N. general assembly.
The president announced that inter-Korean peace means free travel between the two Koreas, which would then lead to economic cooperation. He elaborated by saying that this cooperation would go beyond inter-Korean terms and extend to Russia, China and Europe, leading to more economic cooperation, as well. He then went on to say that if peace were to be confirmed, unification on the Korean Peninsula would come naturally.
About measures concerning North Korea’s denuclearization, President Moon answered that, “Even if sanctions were eased, we could simply strengthen them if the North tricks us. For these reasons, I say that the United States has nothing to lose if President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un continue their dialogue, based on a level of trust, after singing on to the broad promise of denuclearization.”
When asked whether he presumed he could sign a declaration formally ending the Korean War(1950-53) at his next summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, President Moon said that he and Trump had discussed the possibility when they met the day before. The two Koreas technically remain at war, as the Korean War ended with only an armistice.
President Moon said that he believes the issue will be further discussed in a second summit meeting about to take place between Chairman Kim and President Trump. When asked whether that meeting could take place “before the end of the year,” Moon said he believes so.
President Moon explained that he wasn’t sure if a declaration formally ending the Korean War could be the result of the summit, but said that a common ground was reached between the leaders in that if that declaration is a symbolic gesture to end U.S.-North Korea hostile relations, then it should happen in the near future.
The interview was arranged to make known the results of President Moon’s recent summit with Chairman Kim to viewers in the U.S., and to highlight the importance of cooperation with the U.S. to stabilize peace on the Korean Peninsula through the president’s own words.
Finally, Cheong Wa Dae announced that the interview was meaningful, in that President Moon was the first Korean president to appear on Fox News and that it was his first local interview overseas.