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2018/05/25 01:31

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SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged the leaders of the United States and North Korea to directly talk to each other Friday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called off his scheduled meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace are historic tasks that can neither be abandoned nor delayed," the president said in an emergency meeting with his top security officials at his office, Cheong Wa Dae.

The remarks came shortly after Trump called off the North Korea summit, citing what he called the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility" toward his country.

"I am very perplexed and it is very regrettable that the North Korea-U.S. summit will not be held on June 12 when it was scheduled to be held," Moon was quoted as saying at the meeting.

The late night meeting, held at Moon's presidential residence, involved the foreign, unification and defense ministers, along with Moon's top security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, and Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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