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South Korean President Moon asks for resumption of US-North Korea talks

File photo of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Seoul, South Korea Mar 04, 2019, 01.10 PM (IST)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for officials to try to find a way to restart talks between North Korea and the United States.

Moon presided over a National Security Council (NSC) meeting and said he believes talks will ultimately end in an agreement, but that "it is never desirable for the stalemate to continue for long".

He also told officials to explore ways to proceed with inter-Korean initiatives within the framework of sanctions.

The breakdown of the US-North Korea summit was a blow for Moon, who had hoped eased US sanctions would help lead to a restart of inter-Korean projects including a factory park, key to his vision for a pan-peninsula economic community.

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Moon presided over a National Security Council (NSC) meeting and said he believes talks will ultimately end in an agreement, but that "it is never desirable for the stalemate to continue for long".