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S. Korean president emphasizes eventual goal of denuclearizing Korean Peninsula
Last Updated: 2018-03-08 08:38 | Xinhua
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday emphasized his eventual goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula while noting that it cannot be achieved immediately and various processes are needed to reach an agreement.

Moon made the comments during a meeting with heads of the five major political parties including the ruling Democratic Party and the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, according to the Blue House.

"The denuclearization entry is a freeze, and the exit is a complete denuclearization," he said, adding that conditions were created to launch "at least" preliminary talks between Pyongyang and Washington, but nothing has been decided yet.

Given the global media reports and the Twitter comments, Moon said U.S. President Donald Trump probably may have positively seen the result of South Korean envoys' visit to theDPRK.

Moon's special emissaries met with top DPRK leaderKim Jong Unduring their two-day visit to Pyongyang.

According to the Blue House statement Tuesday, the DPRK was willing to hold openhearted talks with the U.S. side on denuclearization and normalized relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

The DPRK also proposed to suspend any nuclear test and ballistic missile test-launches if a dialogue mood continues.

Trump told reporters in Washington that the statements from South Korea and the DPRK "have been very positive," indicating his initial response to the DPRK's dialogue overtures.

Chung Eui-yong, top national security adviser for Moon who led the South Korean special delegation to Pyongyang, reportedly will visit Washington within this week to explain the detailed outcome of the talks with the DPRK side.

South Korea and the DPRK have agreed to hold a summit between Moon and Kim in late April at Peace House, a South Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjom that straddles the two sides.

If held as agreed upon, Kim will become the first DPRK leader to cross the inter-Korean border to the South Korean territory since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in armistice, not peace treaty. The Korean Peninsula technically remains in a state of war.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the DPRK leader who met with President Moon in Seoul as her brother's special envoy, conveyed the DPRK leader's invitation to Pyongyang. She attended the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics on Feb. 9.

Moon told the younger Kim that conditions should be created to hold the third inter-Korean summit, calling on the DPRK to more actively engage in a dialogue with theUnited States.

The first and second summit talks between the two Koreas were held in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007 respectively.

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