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S. Korea President: Trump and I Have Common Goal

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Chung Sung-jun/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 09:25 AM

South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, says he and President Donald Trump have "a common goal" – the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In an interview with the The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth ahead of his first visit to the White House this week, Moon said he hopes Washington and Seoul will be able to present a united front to the world on the issue.

"President Trump and I have a common goal — that is the complete dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear program and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," he said. " In the process of working toward that common goal, the friendship and trust between the two of us will be very important. I hope we will be able to show the world that the collaboration between our two countries is strong and will continue to grow stronger."

Moon also said South Korea, like the United States, hopes to "engage in dialogue" with North Korea, though "regarding exactly how, we do not have a detailed way forward."

"It must be in close consultation with the United States," he said. "But there is one thing I would like to stress: Korea should now play a larger and more leading role in this process. During the periods when South Korea played a more active role, the inter-Korean relationship was more peaceful, and there was less tension between the United States and North Korea"

He also blamed the former leaders of both the United States and South Korea for failed strategies with North Korea..

"The last U.S. administration pursued a policy of strategic patience and did not make any effort to improve its relationship with North Korea," he said. "Also, the previous Korean government did not make any such efforts. The result is the reality you see today — North Korea continuing to advance its nuclear and missile program."

"As long as North Korea continues its provocations, I believe that we will have no choice but to apply additional and strong pressure on it," he added. "At the same time, it is also important to send out a message to North Korea that if it decides to denuclearize and to come to the negotiating table, then we are willing to assist them."

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