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Offbeat South Korea to play 'mediator' to resolve North Korea-U.S. summit doubts: official

07:05  17 may  2018
07:05  17 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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South Korea To Play ' mediator ' To Resolve North Korea - U . S . Summit Doubts : Official | News Today South Korea is seeking to mediate to bridge the gap

Doubts over the U . S .- North Korea summit arose on Wednesday when Pyongyang denounced U . S .- South Korean military exercises as a provocation and called off high-level talks intends to more actively perform “the role of a mediator ” between South Korea , the United States and North Korea .

a close up of a logo: A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), in Paju © REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), in Paju

By Joyce Lee

South Korea is seeking to mediate to bridge the gap between the United States and North Korea as they appear to have "some kind of difference in stances" ahead of a planned summit, an official at South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Thursday.

The comments come after Pyongyang on Wednesday threatened to pull out of the June 12 summit in Singapore with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it might not attend if Washington continues to demand it unilaterally abandon its nuclear arsenal.

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A South Korean presidential Blue House official said the South intends to more actively perform “the role of a mediator ” between the United States and North Korea , but that goal has been cast into doubt by Ri’ s comments.

The Blue House official said the South Korean government or President Moon Jae-in intends to more actively perform “the role of a mediator ” in various channels between South Korea , the U . S ., and North Korea .

The Blue House official said the South Korean government or President Moon Jae-in intends to more actively perform "the role of a mediator" in various channels between South Korea, the U.S. and North Korea.

Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit at the White House on May 22, and the two are expected to discuss the upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Blue House intends to "sufficiently convey (to the United States) what we've discerned about North Korea's position and attitude through the summit on the 22nd, and sufficiently convey the United States' position to North Korea," thereby helping to bridge the gap between their positions, the official said.

"Seeing the announced statements and responses from North Korea and the United States, we see the two parties as having a sincere and serious attitude (to stand in each other's shoes)," the official said.

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U . S . President Donald Trump met with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, 2018, in Singapore, in the first summit meeting between the leaders of the United States of America and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( North Korea ).

The Blue House official said the South Korean government or President Moon Jae-in intends to more actively perform "the role of a mediator " in various channels between South Korea , the U . S . and North Korea .

A guard post is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju © REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji A guard post is seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju

South Korea intends to continue discussions with North Korea to hold high-level talks North Korea canceled on Wednesday, Blue House said in a statement on Thursday. North Korea called off the talks, blaming U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

Meanwhile, Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Thursday the measures North Korea has taken to ease tension on the Korean peninsula should be acknowledged, and all other parties, especially the United States, should cherish the opportunity for peace.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Additional reporting by Michael Martina in BEIJING; Editing by Michael Perry)

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