The Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, front left, and his wife Kim Jung-sook, front second left, stand at attention beside Karen Pence, front second right, wife of US Vice President Mike Pence, US Vice President Mike Pence, front right, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong-nam, back left, and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong, back second left, as the ROK national anthem is played during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium, Feb 9, 2018. (PATRICK SEMANSKY / POOL / AFP)
SEOUL – President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) said the United States had shown its willingness to hold talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid growing signs of a thaw in inter-Korean relations, Moon's spokesman said Tuesday.
President Moon Jae-in said the US is seeing the talks between Seoul and Pyongyang positively and has shown its intention to talk with the DPRK
Kim Eui-kyeom, the spokesman, said at a press briefing that President Moon made the remarks during the summit meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.
Vejonis arrived in the ROK on Thursday and attended the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics held in the country's east county of Pyeongchang on Friday night.
The US was seeing the talks between the ROK and the DPRK positively, President Moon said while pointing out Washington’s intention to talk with Pyongyang.
The senior-level, inter-Korean dialogue was held in January, the first such talks in over two years, in the truce village of Panmunjom, where the DPRK agreed to send its athletes and cheerleaders as well as a high-ranking delegation.
The DPRK delegation, including Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and met with President Moon Saturday at the presidential complex of the presidential Blue House.
As a special envoy of the DPRK leader, the Kim Yo-jong delivered the invitation to Moon to visit Pyongyang at his convenient time.
The Latvian president said it was very important for the younger Kim to make a three-day visit to the ROK as a special envoy, which he said indicated Pyongyang's message delivered to the entire world.
Moon asked the Latvian leader to send a continued support for efforts to link talks between the ROK and the DPRK to talks between the DPRK and the US.
During the telephone conversation in January, Moon and US President Donald Trump shared a possibility for inter-Korean talks naturally leading to a dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.