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N. Korea tops agenda for Moon-Trump summit set for 23rd in New York Updated: 2019-09-20 07:12:13 KST

President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump are set to meet next Monday on the 23rd for their ninth bilateral summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

"The two sides plan to discuss measures to achieve complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and various ways to strengthen the South Korea-U.S. alliance, as well as regional issues."

According to a senior Blue House official, North Korea is expected to top their agenda, especially with signs that nuclear negotiations between Pyeongyang and Washington will resume soon.
But the official also says they will likely have more than North Korea on their plates.
For one, there's the trade dispute between Seoul and Tokyo.
That prompted the South Korean government's decision to end its military intelligence sharing pact with Japan, fueling concerns over the future of the trilateral alliance.
And amid rising concerns of a rift in Seoul-Washington ties, the two sides have to settle some pressing matters, like how much South Korea will have to pay next year for stationing U.S. troops in the country.

The rest of his itinerary at the UN General Assembly will also be centered around his peace initiative, when he sits down with other world leaders and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
And President Moon will call for the member nations' continued support for the peace process through his keynote speech on the 24th.

And with the president of the International Olympic Committee, President Moon will discuss the formation of unified inter-Korean teams for the Tokyo Olympics, and their joint entrance at the opening ceremony.
He will also bring up the two Koreas' co-hosting of the 2032 Summer Games.
This was among the agreements made by the leaders of the two Koreas when they met in Pyeongyang last year.

"President Moon is the first South Korean president to attend the UN General Assembly for three years straight. While his main focus will be gathering support from the international community for his peace efforts on the Korea Peninsula, he will also work to increase Korea's influence in resolving global issues like climate change.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News."
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