South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un were forecast to focus on issues of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula during the upcoming summit, a special security advisor for Moon said Thursday.
"President Moon sees the denuclearized Korean Peninsula as the biggest agenda item (during his upcoming summit with the DPRK leader)," Moon Chung-in, special advisor to Moon for unification, foreign affairs and national security, told a press conference with foreign correspondents in Seoul.
"The first agenda item would be the denuclearization," said the professor emeritus at Yonsei University in Seoul who emphasized he was speaking not for the president, but as an expert.
Moon and Kim agreed to hold their third summit in the DPRK's capital Pyongyang for three days from Sept. 18.
The special advisor expected President Moon to play a mediator role to narrow differences and expedite dialogues between the DPRK and the United States, saying the South Korean leader believed that improved inter-Korean ties would fuel the DPRK-U.S. talks.
It would eventually lead to helping resolve the peninsula's denuclearization issue, the special advisor noted.
Moon's special envoys met last week with the DPRK leader in Pyongyang, setting the date for the third Moon-Kim summit after talking with their DPRK counterparts.