|Moon Chung-in, special adviser on national security to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, speaks to reporters in Seoul.(File photo by=AFP)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A special security adviser to President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called on North Korea to resume dialogue with South Korea before a new U.S. administration kicks in after next week's election.
Moon Chung-in, the special adviser for diplomatic affairs, made the remark during the "Korea-China-Japan Peace Forum" hosted by the National Unification Advisory Council, urging Pyongyang to respond positively to Seoul's calls for dialogue. "The two Koreas need to improve inter-Korean relations and hold a summit meeting as soon as possible, and they must especially resume dialogue before a new administration takes office after the U.S. election," he said.
Moon urged North Korea to be "more forward-looking" to calls for inter-Korean cooperation and dialogue, saying that "nuclear weapons cannot guarantee their survival and prosperity."He then stressed the need to formally end the Korean War as part of the denuclearization process." We have to prevent a new Cold War from breaking out on the Korean Peninsula at all costs ... North Korean denuclearization is important in that sense," he added. Moon also called on the leaders of South Korea, China, and Japan to cooperate to prevent a "new Cold War" that could bring "catastrophic results" to Northeast Asia.