Gyeonggi Governor Lee vows to meet with Biden and Kim Jong-un to negotiate denuclearization deal

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung holds a press conference on his Korean Peninsula peace policy at the residence of the late President Kim Dae-jung in Seoul on August 22, 2021. (Yonhap)

Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung, the frontrunner in the ruling Democratic Party’s presidential primary race, pledged to meet with the United States on Sunday. President Joe Biden and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to negotiate a step-by-step deal to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

Speaking at a press conference on his Korean Peninsula peace policy, Lee said it was “realistic” and “practical” for Pyongyang and Washington to “seek agreement and the implementation of denuclearization in such a way. progressive and synchronized “.

“The chances of success in pushing the North to abandon nuclear weapons first or in seeking a comprehensive deal through a so-called big deal are slim,” Lee said at the press conference at the residence of the late President Kim Dae-jung in Seoul.

Lee vowed to find concrete ways to lift conditional sanctions and pursue a phased and synchronized denuclearization approach, and then “meet with US President Joe Biden and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in person and resolve the issue. dead end”.

The governor also said he would persuade the United Nations to grant a full and permanent exemption from sanctions on major inter-Korean programs, such as the Kaesong industrial complex, and projects to connect and upgrade railways and railways. roads between divided countries.

Lee, however, also suggested he would not just go easy on North Korea, saying joint projects should be based on the principle of mutual benefit.

He also pledged to demand from the North a change on what he called the country’s “wrong practices and attitudes”, adding: “If North Korea engages in wrongdoing, we will clearly state that she did something wrong “.

Regarding relations with China, Lee proposed a vision of “practical diplomacy” centered on the national interest of South Korea, while pledging to remain resolute against the historical and territorial claims of Japan, but also to seek active cooperation with Tokyo in areas related to the economy and diplomacy. (Yonhap)

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