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2nd Trump-Kim summit critical for attaining peace: South Korea Presdent

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South Korean on Monday said that the upcoming meeting between North Korean leader and US will become a critical turning point for achieving complete denuclearisation and long-lasting peace in the

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Vietnamese capital of on February 27 and 28. The two leaders are expected to discuss North Korea's progress of dismantling its nuclear weapons programme.

"(The upcoming summit) will become a critical turning point that will advance to a specific and tangible level already agreed-upon principles, including the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, new US-North ties and a peace regime in the peninsula," Moon was quoted by while speaking to presidential secretaries and aides at a weekly meeting here.

Insisting that the second US-North summit will push the communist country's denuclearisation process forward, the South Korean recalled that peace was "not even imaginable" a year ago.

"The fact that we are at the centre of a change that was not even imaginable just one year earlier did not come by chance. It was possible because peace is the right path and our determination finally reached that path," Moon said.

Noting the success of maiden meeting between Trump and Kim that took place in last June, Moon further said, "The first North Korea-US summit was a historic event itself that was a clear milestone in history. The upcoming second summit will take us a step further from here."

Reiterating that the upcoming meeting would end confrontations between and Pyongyang, the South Korean President put forth, "What's more important for us is that the meeting will be a critical chance that will help develop inter-Korean relations," adding that, "our future depends on stable peace."

The second US-North summit is seen as a breakthrough amid the prevailing impasse between and over sanctions, which led to impeded growth in denuclearisation efforts in the

During the first summit, held at Singapore's Sentosa Island, both Trump and Kim had agreed on a spectrum of issues, the most prominent being the complete denuclearisation of the However, the US and reached an impasse regarding sanctions relief for soon after the first summit, leading to extremely slow progress on the denuclearisation front.

has sought relief in sanctions in light of the steps taken by the country towards denuclearisation. The US has repeatedly stated that there would be no sanctions relief until complete denuclearisation is achieved by

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:40 IST