Moon calls for ‘bold steps’ ahead of 2nd Kim-Trump summit

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US President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore in this picture released on June 12, 2018. REUTERS

SEOUL – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday North Korea should take bold steps towards denuclearization, such as abandoning long-range missiles, to extract US concessions amid a prolonged stalemate in their nuclear negotiations.

Moon Jae-in also said the North would have to seek a compromise in a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, which he said could be imminent, in order to resolve the impasse.

Pyongyang and Washington have been struggling to find a breakthrough despite a pledge by Kim at his landmark summit with Trump in Singapore in June to work towards denuclearization.

Pyongyang has demanded Washington lift sanctions, imposed because of its nuclear and missile tests, and declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War. (Reuters)

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