South Korea's Moon calls Trump-Kim summit end of hostility

FILE - In this June 30, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. South Korea's military say it has detected an "unidentified object" flying near the border with North Korea. The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff says its radar found "the traces of flight by an unidentified object" on Monday, July 1, over the central portion of the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the two Koreas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
People read publically displayed newspapers reporting the Sunday meeting between North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Donald Trump returned to the White House Sunday night after a four-day visit to Asia highlighted by a history-making, if brief, side trip to North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
People read publically displayed newspapers reporting the Sunday meeting between North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Donald Trump returned to the White House Sunday night after a four-day visit to Asia highlighted by a history-making, if brief, side trip to North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, center left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk on the North Korean side at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in calls the recent U.S.-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a cabinet meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Moon calls a recent U.S.-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries. (Han Sang-kyun/Yonhap via AP)
People look at the news, on the screen, that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with U.S. President Donald Trump at border town of Panmunjom on Sunday, at the Mirae scientists street in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president on Monday called a recent U.S.-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries, despite skepticism that it's was a just made-for-TV moment that lacked any substance.

During their third summit at the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Sunday, Trump and Kim agreed to resume nuclear talks. But neither side has indicated they are any closer to resolving sticking points that collapsed their previous summit.

On Monday, however, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told a Cabinet meeting that the summit in the DMZ meant the two countries declared "an end of hostile relations" and the "start of an era of peace."

Moon, who briefly chatted with Trump and Kim on a DMZ village before they sat for a two-way meeting, described the Trump-Kim summit as "historic." He also called the summit "the fruits of amazing indignation," saying it was arranged due to Trump's "unprecedented" Twitter offer for a meeting and Kim's "bold" decision to accept it.

Moon, a liberal who took office in 2017, has lobbied hard to set up diplomacy between Trump and Kim to help find a peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear crisis. He met Kim three times last year, and their first and second summits happened at the same DMZ village called Panmunjom.

During their meeting, Trump went across Panmunjom's military demarcation line into North Korea, becoming the first sitting American president to step foot in the North's soil since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Trump said he was "proud" to step over the borderline and thanked Kim for showing up for the meeting.

North Korea's state media described Kim's meeting with Trump as "an amazing event" and that both leaders expressed great satisfaction over the result of their talks. Moon's government has also said it hopes the diplomatic momentum created by the latest Trump-Kim meeting would help revive inter-Korean dialogue and engagement that stopped amid an impasse in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

The latest Trump-Kim summit may have created a momentum for further diplomacy, including working-level talks aimed at hammering out the terms of a mutually acceptable deal, but many experts say it remains unclear whether the negotiations would successfully address the fundamental differences between Washington and Pyongyang that were exposed in the second Kim-Trump summit in Vietnam in February.

The Hanoi summit ended without any agreement after Trump turned down Kim's request for major sanctions relief in return for dismantling his main nuclear materials-making complex while leaving his already manufactured nuclear bombs and long-range missiles intact.

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