South Korea’s President Calls for Another Push to Reconcile With North

Wants 'cooperative spirit' after missile tests

Last week, North and South Korea carried out missile tests, a sign of worsening tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Addressing the matter at the UN General Assembly, South Korea’s President Moon called for a renewed push for reconciliation.

Moon was elected on a platform of rapprochement with North Korea, and he has pushed heavily for diplomacy. He’s had limited success, involving cajoling the US for support.

Moon didn’t directly talk about the missile tests in his comments, saying that the nations need a “cooperative spirit” and to get back on “a path to exchange, reconciliation, and unification.”

North Korea has yet to make a speech at the UN, but that’s coming at the end of the assembly. They likely know they have a partner for this sort of progress in Moon whenever they want one, but they were also very dismissive of South Korea’s missile test, which may suggest they’re not inclined toward talks just now.

Author: Jason Ditz

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