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S Korea's Moon: denuclearisation is path to peace

AFP  |  Seoul 

Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is "the path to peace and our goal", South Korean said today, a day after the North agreed to send its athletes to the in his country.

"We need to continue efforts to hold a peace Olympics," told a press conference. "We need to peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear issue."

Delegates from North and held their first official talks for two years yesterday at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the peninsula for decades.

boycotted the 1988 in Seoul, but they agreed that this time the North would send athletes and officials to the Games, which begin in Pyeongchang next month.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programmes have heightened in recent months, with launching missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and detonating by far its most powerful to date.

The North's and US Donald Trump have traded personal insults and threats of war.

But said: "I will clear away the anxiety and distrust that have become deeply rooted in the lives of the people.

"Step by step, together with the people, I will create a peaceful and stable life free of worries about war."

He would be willing to meet the North's leadership if the conditions were right, he told his second press conference as

"Under the right conditions, I can hold a summit at any time," he said.

"But it cannot be a meeting for meeting's sake. To hold a summit, the right conditions must be created and certain outcomes must be guaranteed."

Moon has long supported engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table over its banned weapons programmes, which have alarmed the US and the global community, and seen subjected to multiple sets of sanctions.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 08:10 IST