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South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds his New Year's press conference at the Blue House in Seoul on Jan. 10.   © Reuters
North Korea Crisis

South Korea's Moon: 'We will not compromise' on denuclearization

Push for more talks with North, possibly with Kim himself, may strain alliances

SOTARO SUZUKI and TOMOMI KIKUCHI, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday said there is no middle ground on the matter of denuclearizing North Korea, insisting it is the only path to ensuring stability on the peninsula. 

"I will emphasize that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is our way to peace," Moon said during his New Year's press conference in Seoul. "It was jointly agreed by the South and the North [in the past], and this is our basic stance that we will not compromise on."

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