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[US-NK Summit] US-NK summit success will be ‘great gift’ for Trump’s birthday: Moon

By Yeo Jun-suk
  • Published : Jun 11, 2018 - 19:15
  • Updated : Jun 11, 2018 - 19:21

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday it would be a “great gift” for US President Donald Trump’s birthday if his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is successful, Cheong Wa Dae said.

During a phone call with Trump, Moon credited Trump for his “bold decision” and “courageous leadership” to hold the historic summit with North Korea scheduled for Tuesday in Singapore.

The two leaders also discussed the declaration of an official end to the Korean War during the 40-minute call, Cheong Wa Dae added. However, the presidential office declined to reveal details of their discussion.

“If the US-North Korea summit is successful, it would be a great gift for not only people around the world but also President Trump’s birthday on June 14,” Moon was quoted as saying by Cheong Wa Dae.

“Every South Korean will pray for President Trump to achieve miraculous success from the summit. … It is entirely up to President Trump’s bold decision and courageous leadership to eventually hold the historic summit.” 

President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump. Yonhap

Trump, for his part, informed Moon about the latest round of negotiations between the US and North Korea, Cheong Wa Dae said. In the lead-up to the summit, the two countries’ nuclear envoys had a series of talks in the truce village of Panmunjum and Singapore

According to Cheong Wa Dae, Trump told Moon that he would send US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to South Korea immediately after the summit to brief Seoul on the result of the summit in Singapore. Trump also said that discussions would be held with Moon on ways for the US and 
South Korea to cooperate in implementing the results of the summit.

By Yeo Jun-suk(jasonyeo@heraldcorp.com)