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S. Korea hopes to continue playing mediator role and that Biden inherits Singapore summit agreement Updated: 2021-01-21 17:05:18 KST

“The South Korean government will continue to closely cooperate with the Biden administration to make progress in the peace initiative for the Korean peninsula, and do its best to resume talks and cooperation with North Korea.

Hours after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on his national security team to put all hands on deck to restart dialogue with North Korea.

“We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.”

His continued focus on Korean peninsula peace initiative coupled with the new U.S. president's commitment to allies raises hopes that cooperation with the Biden administration could lead to the resumption of denuclearization talks with North Korea.

“If North Korea and the U.S. are able to swiftly and closely discuss ways to implement the Singapore Declaration, I think there could be a resolution.“

And South Korea hopes to play the leading role in improving inter-Korean relations and building momentum for the peace initiative.

“Biden and North Korea do not have a channel through which they can deliver messages to one another. Creating that channel is what our government can do.”

President Moon said where there is a will, there is a way and that peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula is what the Korean people desire.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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