SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in faces his toughest challenge yet in his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Pyongyang.
He will be pressed to deliver substantive agreements beyond the vague statements on denuclearization that have been repeated in recent months.
Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have sputtered, raising doubts about whether Kim is truly willing to relinquish his nuclear arsenal and putting pressure on Moon to broker progress once again.
The result will likely be a crucial indicator of how the larger nuclear negotiations with the United States will proceed. Moon will try to get Kim to express more clearly that he’s prepared to abandon his nuclear weapons, which could create momentum for a second Kim-Trump summit.