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International relations

South Korea eager to play peace broker ahead of Trump visit

Moon's continued push for reconciliation with North draws ire at home

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is eager to broker talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea is again playing the middleman for the U.S. and North Korea, hoping to leverage President Donald Trump's visit to Seoul to reopen nuclear talks. But its singular focus on the North could backfire at home and abroad.

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in the South Korean capital on Sunday after the Group of 20 summit in Osaka. Moon is considering using this opportunity to send a message urging Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table.

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