Moon, Trump discuss maintaining dialogue with North Korea

May 9, 2019

SEOUL - South Korea's President, Moon Jae-in, and U.S. President Donald Trump have discussed by phone how to maintain dialogue with North Korea and resume denuclearisation talks as early as possible. 

Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson, Ko Min-jung, said in a written statement that President Moon briefed Trump on Seoul's position on Pyeongyang's recent launches of short-range projectiles, including tactical guided weapons. 

The two Presidents agreed that they closely co-operate and respond "appropriately and very effectively" to the North's tests.

"President Trump's Twitter messages will play a decisive role in leading North Korea toward a positive direction," President Moon said, according to the statement. 

Both sides also exchanged views on the joint report of the World Food Programme and Food and Agriculture Organisation on the North's food shortages. 

Trump said, "South Korea's provision of food to North Korea in a humanitarian move will be very timely and a positive step," expressing support for Seoul's efforts to that end. 

The two leaders also agreed on close consultations to arrange for Trump to visit South Korea as soon as possible. (ATI).