S. Korean president meets Bolton, Pompeo over N. Korea summit
WASHINGTON, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with top U.S. security officials Tuesday and urged continued efforts to successfully hold the U.S.-North Korea summit slated for next month, Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
The rare meeting involved U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton.
As they both took office in April, Moon congratulated the U.S. officials for their recent appointment, the office added.
"President Moon praised the U.S. security and foreign relations teams that are preparing for next month's North Korea-U.S. summit, and asked them to step up their efforts to make sure the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit will be held successfully," it said in a press release.
The South Korean president arrived here Monday for a two-day visit. He was set to hold a bilateral summit with U.S. President Donald Trump later Tuesday.
Moon's U.S. trip, his third since he took office in May 2017, came ahead of the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit, to be held in Singapore on June 12.
Seoul hopes the Trump-Kim meeting will finally get the North's denuclearization process moving after Kim and Moon agreed to pursue complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in their own historic bilateral summit held late last month.
Moon was widely expected to seek to once again convince his U.S. counterpart that the U.S.-North Korea summit may in fact achieve such a goal, which he earlier said would be an achievement that no other U.S. president has been able to realize.
Earlier reports suggested Trump, or at least his aides, may be having second thoughts about the Kim summit amid suspicions over the North's commitment to denuclearization.
While meeting with Pompeo and Bolton, the South Korean president stressed the need to continue talking to Pyongyang, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
"President Moon especially asked them to continue consulting with North Korea for the success of the North Korea-U.S. summit, and highlighted the fact that our government too will do its utmost to help successfully hold the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit," it said.
Source: Yonhap News Agency