Seoul urges Pyongyang to take more de-nuclearisation steps to end sanctions

TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/10/2019 8:00:09 PM World

Seoul, Jan 10 (UNI) Highlighting the importance of corresponding measures to accelerate the denuclearisation process, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has stressed the need for North Korea to take more concrete and faster denuclearization steps to end international sanctions.

"I believe North Korea needs to take practical denuclearization steps more boldly if it wishes to resolve the issue of international sanctions because the issue of international sanctions depends on the speed of North Korea's denuclearization process," the president told a press conference held at his office.

Pyongyang is said to be demanding corresponding measures for the denuclearization steps it has taken so far, while Washington says the North needs to do more. Moon said such a gap may stem from years of distrust and hostility.

"I think both sides are aware. North Korea knows it needs to take more concrete denuclearization steps in the end to remove international sanctions, and the US too sees the need for corresponding measures to encourage North's denuclearization," qna quoted Moon as saying.

"North Korean President Kim Jong-un has clearly stated to the leaders of each country that he has met, including myself, President Trump, President Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin that there is no difference between the complete denuclearization he is talking about and the complete denuclearization the international community demands," the president said in a nationally televised press conference.

He also expressed hope for Kim's visit to South Korea in the near future, possibly following his second summit with the US president.

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