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Leaders of S. Korea, Singapore discuss follow-up talks to June 12 N. Korea, U.S. Summit in Singapore Updated: 2018-07-12 16:16:52 KST

South Korean President Moon Jae-in kicked off his first full day in Singapore.
He met with both his counterpart: Halimah Yacob and held a summit with Singapore's Prime Minister.
Our chief Cheongwadae correspondent Moon Connyoung joins us live from Singapore.
Connyoung, what can you tell us?

Well, we're just learning of the closed-door dialogue between the two leaders on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula especially in the wake of the historic North Korea, U.S. Summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12th.

This is according to a statement released by Seoul's top office: First, President Moon evaluates the North Korea, U.S. negotiations to have entered a normal path that should the North implement complete denuclearization and the international community continues efforts to guarantee security for North Korea, he cautiously foresees the success of the North Korea, U.S. talks.

The South Korean leader, however, did acknowledge that working-level talks to draw up implementation measures of the two leaders' agreement will not be an easy process and may take a long time - as witnessed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visits to North Korea.

President Moon also highlighted that it was made clear during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's North Korea trip that the definition of denuclearization remains clear for both North Korea and the rest of the world.

Another two important points the South Korean president pointed out:
One, Mr. Moon's assessment of Pyongyang foreign ministry's criticisms of the U.S. -- if you read between the lines, it's basically their complaint of the U.S. not reciprocating their sincerity in implementing practical measures.

Two, North Korea's demand - in terms of reciprocity - is no longer easing of sanctions or economic compensations like in the past but the end of hostile relations and trust building.

The South Korean President said he believes these two factors best reflect North Korea's key change in attitude and negotiations.

What did the Singaporean side have to say?

Well, both President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Mr Lee said Singapore will continue to work with South Korea and the international community to achieve lasting peace, stability and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
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