Moon Jae-in faces balancing act at meeting with Trump

He must navigate Seoul, Washington stances on way forward with N. Korea, say experts

To South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the resumption of joint projects with North Korea, such as the Kaesong Industrial Complex and Mount Kumgang tours, is a vital step to long-term peace on the Korean peninsula.

But the United States, wary of rewarding Pyongyang without seeing concrete steps towards denuclearisation, is unlikely to ease some sanctions to allow the suspended projects to move forward.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2019, with the headline 'Moon faces balancing act at meeting with Trump'. Print Edition | Subscribe