Date
14 November 2018
South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, while watching North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul on Feb. 11. Credit: Yonhap/Reuters
South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, while watching North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra's performance in Seoul on Feb. 11. Credit: Yonhap/Reuters

US has indicated it is open to talks with Pyongyang: S Korea

The United States has indicated that it is willing to enter into a dialogue with North Korea to resolve issues related to the latter’s nuclear program, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday.

Washington views recent talks between the two Koreas in a positive light and has indicated through multiple channels that it could seek talks with the North, Moon said, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The South Korean leader made the comments during a summit with his Latvian counterpart in Seoul, according to the report.

Moon’s office, meanwhile, was quoted as saying that the South Korean president came to that conclusion through “multiple communication channels” with the US, including his meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence last week.

“The US also sees inter-Korean dialogue positively and expressed willingness to have dialogue with the North,” Moon said, according to his office.

The remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Cairo that the US needs to have talks with North Korea before starting formal negotiations to determine whether the parties are “ready to engage in something meaningful”.

They also follow Pence’s remarks in an interview with the Washington Post published Sunday that expressed a willingness to sit down with North Korea, even as the US continues to sanction Pyongyang for its nuclear-weapons program, the Journal noted.

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