In June, South Korean authorities voiced their intent to introduce new laws that would bar activists from launching propaganda leaflets across the border to North Korea, as while police officers are sometimes dispatched to block such activities, Seoul never fully banned them, arguing that the activists were merely exercising their freedoms.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet each other again ahead of the November 3 U.S. presidential election in order to reactivate the Korea peace process, a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday.
Mr Moon's office had conveyed such views to Washington and the officials there are making efforts to resume talks, the South Korean official said.More news: U.S. trade deficit rises 9.7% in May to $54.6 billion
USA officials have not publicly responded to Moon's comments, which were initially expressed in a conversation Tuesday between the South Korean president and European Union officials.
The first meeting between the two leaders was set-up by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Steve Biegun, the deputy USA secretary of state, said earlier this week another Trump-Kim summit was unlikely before November, in part because of coronavirus concerns.More news: Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away at 71
Biegun said this week that the prospects of holding an in-person summit before the election would be hard given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic posing elevated health risks, citing how the illness has led to hosting most diplomatic meetings virtually. "The issues of nuclear programmes and sanctions will ultimately have to be resolved through North Korea-U.S. talks".
Earlier this month, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, Kwon Jong Gun, warned the U.S.to stay out of its affairs, firing back at Washington's criticism of Pyongyang with threats to disrupt the upcoming U.S. election. -North Korea relations are key to inter-Korea cooperation.
The ambassador also dismissed speculation about Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, allegedly being trained as the next North Korea's head of state, pointing out that "no one dares to call themselves number two in the country".More news: Bracey impresses for Team Buttler in warm-up against Team Stokes
However pamphlets that made it over the border on Might 31 that included provocative imagery of first woman Ri Sol Ju sparked "critical outrage" in Pyongyang, Agence France-Presse reported, citing feedback made by Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora.