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S. Korea's Moon optimistic on US-N. Korea diplomatic thaw

AFP  |  Singapore 

South Korean Moon today said he is confident a diplomatic thaw between and will continue, despite "bumps and bruises" on the path to denuclearising the

Moon was speaking during a state visit in Singapore, where last month US and North Korean leader Un met during an unprecedented leaders' summit.

Kim committed to a nuclear-free North at the end of the convivial meeting, but tensions resurfaced in the following weeks as representatives of both countries began to flesh out the deal.

"There will indeed be bumps and bruises along the way to achieve complete denuclearisation in the But I believe we are in a completely different position (compared to) what happened in the past," Moon said.

US received a chilly reception last week after travelling to for denuclearisation talks.

While Pompeo said the talks were in good faith, Pyongyang's take was staunchly negative, warning the future of the peace process was being jeopardised by "unilateral and gangster-like" US demands for its nuclear disarmament.

North Korean officials failed to attend a planned meeting on Thursday to discuss returning the remains of American soldiers killed during the 1950-53 war that divided the

has long signalled a desire for denuclearisation, which it sees as a lengthy process of multilateral disarmament on the entire Korean peninsula rather than the unilateral dismantling of its nuclear arsenal.

Ties between North and South have rapidly thawed in recent months following an April summit between Moon and Kim.

Moon said today that was willing to build an economic community with its neighbour once Pyongyang has shown it no longer has nuclear weapons.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 17:10 IST