Moon Jae-in Demands Guarantee Success of Meeting with Kim Jong

Two Koreas to Hold More Working-level Talks This Week

Two Koreas to Hold More Working-level Talks This Week

Kono, who is on a two-day visit to the capital, is expected to reiterate the appeal in an afternoon meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In, who plans to hold a summit on April 27 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea on Wednesday said the issue of human rights will not be discussed at the inter-Korean April summit with Pyongyang, since the focus is on denuclearisation of the North.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert agreed that the top agenda item for the upcoming dialogue with the North Korean leader will be the denuclearization of North Korea but said human rights issues may still come up.

Seoul has supported North Korea human rights resolutions adopted each year since 2003 by the UN Human Rights Council. He also wished these talks plant a good precedent for those talks in May between the leader of the DPRK and the U.S. President, Donald Trump.

"With preparations underway for South Korea and the United States' summits with North Korea, which could serve as a major turning point in attaining denuclearization, (we) hope for cooperation to achieve the two countries' shared goal of peacefully resolving the North's nuclear issue and establishing peace", Kang said in opening remarks ahead of the meeting with Kono.

A trilateral Seoul-Beijing-Tokyo summit will be held in Tokyo around May 9.

Since its foundation in 2006, the thinktank, which runs the 38 North website specialising in North Korean affairs (which will continue to operate), has received 2 billion won (£1.3 million) from the South Korean government annually through the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), the Korea Times reported.

Cho said that, given that Kim sat closer to the North's ruler at the North-China summit than top diplomat Ri Yong-ho and Ri Su-yong, a vice party chairman in charge of worldwide affairs, his clout seems to extend beyond inter-Korean affairs.

Kono arrived in South Korea late on Tuesday, on his first visit to the country since taking the post in August previous year.

Moon said last month that Japan cannot unilaterally declare the wartime issue "over", while Japan says any attempt to modify or scrap the deal, signed by Moon's predecessor Park Geun-Hye, could hurt relations. Park was subsequently impeached over a corruption scandal and sentenced to 24 years in prison last week.

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