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Moon's zeal on North Korea leaves Seoul allies leery

South Korea holds historic talks but is snubbed by Pyongyang on denuclearization

SOTARO SUZUKI and TSUYOSHI NAGASAWA, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's energetic pursuit of rapprochement with the North has left many of Seoul's allies concerned that inter-Korean talks could blow a hole in international sanctions and threaten efforts to separate Pyongyang from its nuclear weapons.

Moon sought to reassure the world in his New Year's press conference Wednesday, saying he aims to resolve the issue of a nuclear North Korea by the end of his term. Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula remains an unshakable core principle for the South, he said.

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