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'No discussion on human rights at Kim-Moon summit'

IANS  |  Seoul 

South on Wednesday said the issue of human rights will not be discussed at the inter-Korean April summit with Pyongyang, since the focus is on denuclearisation of the North.

ruled out the discussions on human rights contrary to what over 40 NGOs had called for on Tuesday, including (AI) and (HRW), news reported.

On Tuesday, international NGOs sent a letter to Moon asking him to press the human rights issues in the April 27 meeting.

An from the said it considers denuclearisation "the most urgent issue" in the meeting between South Korean Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader

Although the South considers the human rights issue as "important" at present its top priority is denuclearisation and the establishment of peace on the

The NGOs have also called on South to urge Kim to follow the UN recommendations on human rights.

It also urged Kim to participate in the exchange of information with international organisations and to allow meetings between separated Korean families.

The April summit will be the first inter-Korean leaders meeting in 11 years.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 11:00 IST
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