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President Moon's former top aide calls for leaders of two Koreas to meet again soon Updated: 2020-05-22 10:03:56 KST


The leaders of the two Koreas need to meet again soon.
That's according to President Moon Jae-in's former chief of staff Im Jong-seok who stressed that a summit will help break the current impasse in inter-Korean relations.
In an interview with the quarterly magazine Changbi, Im, who served as President Moon's first top aide until January 2019, called for inter-Korean summits to be held on a regular basis.
He said this needs to be done just as you would do when you visit your neighbors.

May 27, 2018 (1 day after May 26 Inter-Korean summit)

"I attach a great significance to the latest summit, which was held like a routine meeting between friends. I believe it must be the way the South and the North meet."

Referring to the stalled talks between Pyeongyang and Washington, Moon's former top aide also said that, if no progress is made, President Moon will try to push ahead to get things done.
He highlighted that President Moon will be communicating with the U.S. sufficiently, despite some negative views.
While praising President Trump for his resolve and drive, Im revealed that Stephen Biegun, Washington's point man on North Korea, (quote) "put pressure" on Seoul just before the landmark summit in 2018.
He also stressed that overcoming the issue of international sanctions is crucial to make progress on proposed inter-Korean projects.
Explaining they can receive global consent, including from the U.S., Im stressed the need for Seoul to leverage its relations with China and Russia as well.
As for Pyeongyang, he called for the regime to seriously consider resuming dialogue as the two Koreas cannot wait for Washington to act, as there's not much time until the U.S. presidential election in early November.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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