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North Korean and U.S. officials are holding 'behind-the-scenes talks' to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting between the leaders in Hanoi collapsed without any agreement.
There have been no public meetings between Washington and Pyongyang since the breakdown of the Hanoi summit. But the prospects for a resumption of U.S.-North Korea diplomacy have brightened since Trump and Kim recently exchanged personal letters.
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Trump called Kim's letter 'beautiful' while Kim described Trump's as 'excellent,' though the contents of their letters have not been disclosed.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that Trump's and Kim's 'willingness to engage in dialogue has never faded' and that their recent letter exchanges prove that.
Moon - Kim - Times - Year - Dialogue
Moon, a liberal who met Kim three times last year, has made dialogue with the North as a route to forging peace on the Korean Peninsula a centerpiece of his presidency.
He has played a central role in facilitating U.S.-North Korean negotiations, even if those efforts have at times been overshadowed by the Trump-Kim talks that he helped broker.
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Moon said he doesn't see the Hanoi summit as a failure. He said he thinks the meeting served as a chance for both Washington and Pyongyang to better understand each other's positions and 'put everything they want on the negotiating table.'
'The success of denuclearization and the peace process on the Korean Peninsula cannot be determined by a summit or two,' Moon said, adding that discussions in Hanoi will form the basis for future talks. 'Both sides clearly understand the necessity for dialogue,' he added.
Negotiations - Trump - Kim - Relationship
Despite the deadlocked nuclear negotiations, both Trump and Kim have described their personal relationship as good.
When asked whether Kim's recent letter included a mention about...
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