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S. Korean President calls for bipartisan support for inter-Korea summit Updated: 2018-04-13 18:08:03 KST


According to a press briefing at the Blue House Friday afternoon by the Senior Presidential Secretary for Political Affairs, President Moon Jae-in asked the main opposition party leader, Hong Joon-pyo, to give bipartisan support to the upcoming inter-Korean summit talks.
The meeting lasted 80 minutes, focused mainly on issues of foreign affairs and security, and most importantly, the summit.
President Moon and Hong agreed on the importance of holding the historic summit, and discussed ways to make it a success.
However, as leader of the main opposition party, Hong said he was against taking a step-by-step approach to denuclearizing the North, which he said in the past only allowed the reclusive state to buy more time to develop its nuclear weapons and missiles.
Saying he doesn't want to see past mistakes repeated, Hong instead proposed that Seoul take what he called a "Libya-style" approach, in which the North is given six months to a year to completely denuclearize before it's given any compensation.
The Blue House official said President Moon listened attentively to Hong's opinions but did not respond directly to that particular suggestion.
The meeting was arranged at the request of President Moon, who hoped to meet with the opposition party leader to hear a diverse range of views and opinions ahead of the very important summit talks.
President Moon said inter-Korean and unification-related issues transcend party interests, urging bipartisan support despite the differences of opinion between the parties.
The senior official added that the President expressed hope that he'll be able to hold consultative meetings with party leaders on a regular basis.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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