North Korea will not demand US troop pullout: Moon

South Korean and US soldiers on guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, the venue for talks between South Korea's President Moon Jae In (top) and the North's leader Kim Jong Un next Friday.
South Korean and US soldiers on guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, the venue for talks between South Korea's President Moon Jae In and the North's leader Kim Jong Un next Friday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
South Korean and US soldiers on guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, the venue for talks between South Korea's President Moon Jae In (top) and the North's leader Kim Jong Un next Friday.
South Korean and US soldiers on guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, the venue for talks between South Korea's President Moon Jae In (above) and the North's leader Kim Jong Un next Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS
South Korean and US soldiers on guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, the venue for talks between South Korea's President Moon Jae In (top) and the North's leader Kim Jong Un next Friday.
South Korean and US soldiers on guard at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, the venue for talks between South Korea's President Moon Jae In and the North's leader Kim Jong Un (above) next Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS

South Korean leader also says Pyongyang committed to complete denuclearisation

North Korea is committed to "complete denuclearisation" and will not make unacceptable demands such as the withdrawal of US troops stationed in the South, President Moon Jae In said, a week before his summit with the regime's leader.

This is even as Washington vowed to maintain maximum pressure on Pyongyang, with President Donald Trump saying he would "respectfully leave" if his upcoming May or June meeting with Mr Kim Jong Un is "not fruitful".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2018, with the headline 'N. Korea will not demand US troop pullout: Moon'. Print Edition | Subscribe