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South Korea wants a denuclearization deal at Moon-Kim talks

But Pyongyang prefers to talk disarmament with Washington

SEOUL -- South Korea is exploring the idea of issuing a joint declaration on denuclearization when President Moon Jae-in meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, though any agreement would prove difficult to enforce without American involvement.

Seoul's top priorities with the inter-Korean summit are "denuclearization and sustained peace," a senior official in the presidential Blue House told reporters on Tuesday. One scenario floated in the government here would have Moon and Kim issue a written statement on the North abandoning nuclear weapons. An agreement on this front would mark progress on the issue ahead of a summit expected in May between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, keeping Seoul involved in denuclearization talks as a mediator.

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