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Moon says a ‘new order’ is being made on peninsula

Oct 09,2018
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said a “new order” was in the making on the Korean Peninsula, with a rapidly changing diplomatic dynamic surrounding North Korea.

Remarking on an expected visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Russia and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s possible reciprocal visit to Pyongyang in coming weeks, Moon said a new order was being “established on the Korean Peninsula,” which he said would pave the way for setting up a new order in Northeast Asia during a cabinet meeting at the Blue House.

“Aside from the second North-U.S. summit,” he said, “North Korean leader Kim is expected to visit Russia while Xi Jinping of China is expected to make a visit to the North. A North-Japan summit is also an open possibility.

“In other words, a new order on the Korean Peninsula is being established.”

Moon went on to say that what he described as a “new order” was a must for the two Koreas to set in place a permanent peace regime and achieve the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Moon then equated the new order with a process to end the “last remnant of the Cold War,” which left the Korean Peninsula divided along the 38th parallel for the past 68 years.

“We should put in more arduous efforts and cooperate with related countries other than the United States,” Moon said, “so that we could dismantle the last remnant of the Cold War on the earth.”

Moon’s remarks were made a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s fourth trip to Pyongyang to work on denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim. Following his stop in North Korea, during which he spent more than five hours with Kim, Pompeo flew to Seoul and briefed Moon on the outcome of his meeting.

Moon expressed his gratitude to U.S. President Donald Trump for having shared the talks’ outcome with him in such a timely manner.

He said Pompeo’s meeting with Kim had helped establish the right atmosphere and conditions for hosting the second North-U.S. summit at an early date.

“I ask that we have close coordination and cooperation with the U.S. so that we can see the second North-U.S. summit take place at an early date and make a big stride towards establishing a peace process and achieve denuclearization on the peninsula.”

BY KANG JIN-KYU [kang.jinkyu@joongang.co.kr]