Ruling, minor opposition parties welcome outcome of U.S.-N.K. high-level talks

SEOUL, The ruling Democratic Party (DP) and minor opposition parties on Friday welcomed the outcome of high-level talks between the United States and North Korea to prepare for a potential summit of their leaders.

Washington and Pyongyang have made "real progress" toward a fruitful summit between their leaders on dismantling the North's nuclear weapons program, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters Thursday after a meeting with Kim Yong-chol, a top North Korean official, in New York.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Kim will travel to Washington to convey a personal letter from the North's leader Kim Jong-un on Friday.

The DP and three smaller opposition parties expressed optimism that the latest talks could pave the way for a successful meeting between Trump and Kim that will possibly take place on June 12.

"We hope that Trump's planned meeting with Kim could serve as a new turning point for U.S.-North Korea relations," Kim Hyun, a spokeswoman for the DP, said in a statement.

The minor Bareunmirae Party expressed hope that a series of talks between Washington and Pyongyang could help dismantle North Korea's nuclear arsenal and bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

"But devils are in the details. The government should do its part to make the South's stance reflected in discussions between the U.S. and the North," it added.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) did not issue its official stance. The LKP has called for the North's "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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