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North Korea Crisis

South Korea's Moon looks to gain politically from summits

President's image as bridge between North and Trump is popular with voters

South Korean President Moon Jae-in answers reporters' question during his New Year news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Jan.10.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is expected to gain political capital through his summit this Friday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as the two are set to discuss how to ease tensions on Korean Peninsula that have been ratcheted up by Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Moon, an advocate of engagement with the North, has also brokered a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim, scheduled for late May or early June. 

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