In an interview with Time magazine, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “very honest… very enthusiastic. [and] one with strong determination. However, Time gave a completely opposite assessment of Kim, saying, “President Kim brutally murdered his uncle and half-brother, and according to the landmark 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry report, he orchestrated “crimes against humanity” including massacre, torture and rape and was responsible for a prolonged famine.
In the article titled “South Korean President Moon Jae-in Makes Final Attempt to Heal His Homeland,” President Moon replied “He has international meaning” when asked about Kim’s character. . When South Korean media interpreted the word “honest” used by Time in the article as “truthful,” the South Korean presidential office said on Thursday that President Moon had used the word “honest” rather than “truthful.” .
However, while carrying Moon’s responses, Time said, “For many North Korean observers, Moon’s steadfast defense against Kim borders on delusion,” noting that the South Korean government is weakening the campaigns. defense of human rights for the North. In the interview, Time described in detail the process from the start of the rapprochement following three inter-Korean summits in 2018 to the blocking of the Washington-Pyongyang talks since the “no deal” in Hanoi in February 2019, which was the second summit. United States-North Korea, and the agreement between the South Korean and American presidents “to coordinate closely on the approach to Pyongyang”.
“I know time is running out,” said President Moon Jae-in, citing Kim Jong Un’s remarks “It would be good if children did not bear the burden of nuclear weapons” as Moon revealed his renewed commitment to improve inter-Korean relations. According to Time, there are more reasons for President Moon to hope that a breakthrough will be made, and after the short-lived “bromance” between Kim and former US President Donald Trump ends, the obstacles to meetings will be over. lowered and meetings became politically safer.
The interview was conducted via videoconference on June 9 and featured on the cover of the magazine’s Asia edition. This is the first time in four years and two months that President Moon has appeared on the cover of the Asia edition of Time since the presidential election in May 2017.
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