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Sanctions on N Korea to stay as South’s leader Moon urges cautious optimism about talks

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Next month, North Korea and South Korea will have the first meeting between their leaders since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjeom
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday sanctions on North Korea will not be eased for the sake of a summit with Pyongyang, as China urged both sides to “seize the current opportunity” to promote the denuclearisation of the peninsula.
Next month, North Korea and South Korea will have the first meeting between their leaders since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjeom, said Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean delegation.
US President Donald Trump said North Korea seems “sincere” in its apparent willingness to halt nuclear tests if it held denuclearisation talks with the United States.
“From looking at the news or Twitter, I believe President Trump is positive about the results of the North Korea visit [by South Korean officials],” said Moon at a lunch meeting with political party leaders on Wednesday.
“However, as this is just the beginning, I believe we are not at a situation yet where we can be optimistic.”
Moon added he has no plans to ease sanctions against the North just for the sake of a summit with Pyongyang, Shin Yong-hyun of opposition Bareun Mirae Party told a briefing.
“The president said just because talks have begun doesn’t mean sanctions pressure will be eased or lifted. There will not be any ‘presents’ for the North, either,” said Shin.

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