Moon says conditions now right for U.S.-N. Korea talks
SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in expressed hope for the start of U.S.-North Korea dialogue Wednesday, insisting that the North's recent offer to freeze its nuclear and missile activities have created the right conditions for at least what he called "preliminary" talks on the resumption of denuclearization talks.
"Right now, there is nothing that has been settled. We only believe that at least the United States' conditions for selective talks, preliminary talks, have been met based on our consultations so far with the U.S.," the president said while meeting with the leaders of five political parties at his office Cheong Wa Dae.
Washington earlier said it will hold dialogue with the communist state only under the "right conditions."
Moon's remarks came one day after his five special envoys returned home after a two-day trip to Pyongyang, where they held an unprecedented meeting with the North's reclusive leader, Kim Jong-un.
Chung Eui-yong, Moon's top envoy, said Kim expressed his country's willingness to talk with the U.S. He quoted the North Korean leader as saying that his country will be willing to put the issue of its denuclearization on the dialogue table.
Source: Yonhap News Agency