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N Korea at crossroads

Pyongyang Declaration falls silent as Moon loses voice

North Korea seeks direct deal with Trump, cutting Seoul's influence as mediator

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose atop Mount Paektu, North Korea, in September 2018.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- One year on from the signing of the Pyongyang Declaration, the agreement signed by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been overshadowed by broken promises and a series of missile tests from the North.

The two leaders agreed to end their military confrontation and improve economic cooperation during their three-day meeting in Pyongyang last year, but most of the agreements have not been implemented. Nor has Kim fulfilled his promise to visit Seoul, and he has given no explanation. This has disappointed Moon, who is keen to host the North Korean leader.

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