Analysts say Moon Jae-in has crucial role in bringing US, North Korea back to talks

Visitors at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul looking at a North Korean missile. Dr Cheong Seong-chang of the Sejong Institute think-tank says the permanent shutdown of North Korea's main Yongbyon nuclear facility, offered in talks with the US
Visitors at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul looking at a North Korean missile. Dr Cheong Seong-chang of the Sejong Institute think-tank says the permanent shutdown of North Korea's main Yongbyon nuclear facility, offered in talks with the US in exchange for easing of sanctions, is no longer enough and must be supplemented by measures such as the abolition of intercontinental ballistic missiles.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The leaders of the United States and North Korea walked away from talks in Hanoi but left the door to dialogue open.

How fast they can return to the negotiating table could depend on how far their mutual friend, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, can push the envelope without hurting his country's security alliance with the US.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2019, with the headline 'Analysts say Moon has crucial role in bringing US, N. Korea back to talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe