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Talking about summitry

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By Donald Kirk

Summitry is in the air. Excitement and speculation are rife. Everyone is talking about talking. How about talks between the leaders of the two Koreas, between each of them and the U.S. president, maybe a meeting of all three together?

President Moon Jae-in has just sat down with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, and they both came out bursting with optimism about more summits. Trump is talking about seeing Kim Jong-un for their second summit early next year. He mentioned three possible venues but didn't say which, prompting a lot of guessing.

Moon, meanwhile, would love to receive Kim in Seoul. The mere idea of the North Korean leader deigning to visit the South Korean capital is mesmerizing. It was all well and good for him to step across the line at their first summit in April, but that gesture was really symbolic, a photo-op. Three South Korean presidents have gone to Pyongyang ― Kim Dae-jung in 2000, Roh Moo-hyun in 2007 and Moon in September. Kim's late father, Kim Jong-il, promised return visits to the South but never made it. There's been talk of Kim Jong-un getting to Seoul........

© The Korea Times