Trump-Kim summit: South Korea sends President Moon Jae In's aide to Singapore

A deputy director for South Korea's President Moon Jae In (above) will attend the summit in Singapore, said the presidential office. PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - South Korea's President Moon Jae In is "highly unlikely" to travel to Singapore to join the Trump-Kim summit, an official with his office said on Sunday (June 10).

Instead, Seoul is dispatching Mr Nam Gwan Pyo, a deputy director of the Moon administration's National Security Office and other senior officials to Singapore, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said. Nam will brief about the government's position after the US-North Korea summit ended, the office said.

The Moon administration had hoped to hold a separate trilateral summit in Singapore and use it as an opportunity to officially declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War - a symbolic move to replace the current armistice and a precursor to a formal peace treaty.

"While watching the situation closely, we will maintain close coordination (with officials those holding US-North Korea summit)," Mr Nam told reporters before boarding a plane heading for Singapore.

The South Korean government, which brokered the historic first-ever summit between a sitting US President and North Korea's leader, expressed hopes that the meeting will help ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

"We are praying for the success of the US-North Korea summit," a Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters on Sunday under the condition of anonymity.

"(Trump and Kim) are more eager than ever before to achieve the success of the summit."

When asked about whether President Moon would travel to Singapore to join the Trump-Kim summit at the last minute, the official said such a scenario was "highly unlikely," downplaying the possibilities that Moon would be invited for a trilateral summit.

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