After all the hard work, South Korean President Moon prays for summit’s success
He played a key role in the peace initiative with North Korea and on the day when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met US President Donald Trump at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, South Korean President Moon Jae-in prayed for the success of the summit, saying he could not sleep anticipating the high-profile meeting, the Korea Herald reported on Tuesday, June 12.
"The North-US summit has started. Perhaps the minds of our people are on Singapore. I too spent a sleepless night," Korea Herald quoted Moon as saying at his government's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Moon kept a watch on the proceedings in Singapore with his top officials even as the weekly meeting took off in Seoul.
"(I) together with the people (of South Korea) ardently hope for a successful meeting that brings us complete denuclearization and peace, and opens a new era for the South, the North and the US," he was quoted as saying further.
Moon has played a crucial role in the build-up to this summit. He himself met Kim at the historic inter-Korean summit at the border truce village of Punmunjeom on April 27 where the two sides had a fruitful meeting and vowed to end the Korean War which is technically still on and denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.
Moon also showed his selfless side when somebody suggested the Nobel Peace Prize for him for playing a proactive role. He said it was Trump who deserved the prize more.
Moon chipped in again in May end after Trump cancelled the meeting in the face of "tremendous anger" and "open hostility" from the North Korean side, leaving the Korean peace process endangered. He met Kim again on May 26 with a quest for reinstating the summit.
His government did not take a retaliatory stance even after North Korea blasted Seoul for joining the US-led air combat drill in the Korean Peninsula and allowing a North Korean defector in its territory. North's decision to initially disallow South's journalists to visit the official dismantling of its only nuclear testing site also did not spark any reaction from Moon.