Sep 24, 2019 13:12 UTC
  • Trump, South Korea’s Moon discuss North Korea, sharing military costs

US President Donald Trump has met his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly to discuss resuming denuclearization talks with North Korea.

According to Press TV, after the summit at the UN headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, the two leaders said they were optimistic about a possible restart of the negotiations, which stalled following Trump’s second meeting with South Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam back in February.

Trump and Moon said they explored ways to achieve practical results in working-level talks, which Pyongyang said in September it was ready to take part in.

According to a statement by the White House, Trump was confident that Kim would fulfill the pledges he made during their two summits.

At the first summit in Singapore in June 2018, Kim agreed to halt all nuclear and long-range missile tests as a first step.

"There's been no nuclear testing at all," Trump told reporters as he met Moon. "And the relationships have been very good.”

“We want to see if we can do something. If we can, that'll be great. And if we can't, that's fine, we'll see what happens," he added.

Before meeting Moon, Trump once again downplayed the North’s test-launch of short-range missiles over the past weeks.

"We didn't have an agreement on short-range missiles. And a lot of people and a lot of countries test short-range missiles," Trump added. "There's nothing spectacular about that."

Moon said he looked forward for the working-level negotiations to be held soon so the two leaders could meet for a third summit. Trump, however, said he wanted to get a picture of the possible outcomes before agreeing to any meetings with Kim.

"Right now, people would like to see that happen. I want to know what's going to be coming out of it. We can know a lot before the summit takes place," the American head of state said.

Trump and Moon renewed a previous agreement to avoid using force against the North and help build a bright future for the country if it ever agrees to denuclearization, the Reuters reported, citing a senior official at South Korea's presidential Blue House.

The official added that both Trump and Moon discussed whether sanctions should continue against Pyongyang but did not mention the "new method" in their approach to denuclearization.

North Korea has welcomed Trump’s recent remarks about adopting a new approach, which interestingly came after he fired National Security Adviser John Bolton, another move that sat well with Pyongyang.