Did Moon Jae In oversell US and North Korea keenness to meet?


South Korean President Moon Jae In (left) listens during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2018.
South Korean President Moon Jae In (left) listens during a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 22, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

What appeared to be an invitation to meet from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to United States President Donald Trump - delivered in March by South Korea's envoy to the North - was disputed by Pyongyang yesterday.

North Korean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui, in a statement carried by state media, insisted that it was the US which asked for dialogue first.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Did Moon oversell US and N. Korea keenness to meet?'. Print Edition | Subscribe