South Korea's Moon urges North, United States to move forward on denuclearization

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged North Korea and the United States to move forward on a pact to end Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in speaks at the ISEAS 42nd Singapore Lecture in Singapore July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su

“If Chairman Kim (Jong Un) keeps the promise of denuclearization, he will be able to lead his country into prosperity,” Moon said in a speech during a visit to Singapore.

“This path is never easy, but if the agreements at the summit are implemented with sincerity, the goal can be achieved,” he added, referring to Kim’s meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the wealthy city state last month.

South Korea is willing to build an economic community with the North once the effort to root out Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions is completed, Moon added.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Writing by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Clarence Fernandez