SEOUL, South Korea – President Moon Jae-in in Korea said on Monday that he wanted to meet again with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, who made the appeal three days after Kim dismissed Moon's North-US mediation work as "officious" .
"Now is the time to start preparing seriously for an inter-Korean summit," said Mr. Moon. "As soon as the Nordic countries are ready, I hope that the two Koreas will be able to get together regardless of location and form and hold detailed and substantive talks on how to achieve further progress beyond the two previous summits between President Kim and President Trump."
But Mannes mediatorial role was recorded in doubt when the Hanoi summit suddenly ended without an agreement, and he has then struggled to claim its relevance. Despite Moon's optimism, both Mr. Trump and Kim in Hanoi found that their conditions for denuclear North Korea were too far apart for a compromise.
Last Thursday, the Moon visited White House to urge Mr Trump to revive the stopped talks between Washington and Pyongyang. Mr Trump said that while he was willing to meet Kim with a third time, he had no hurry. United States officials hope that the tightening of international sanctions will force North Korea into the negotiating table with a more tasty offer.
"It's not going to go fast," Trump said. "If it goes fast, it won't be the right deal."
Mr. The Moon is keen to resume inter-Korean economic projects that have been interrupted, such as the Kaesong Industrial Complex, to improve North-North relations. But Mr Trump said it was not "the right time" for such projects.
On Friday, he spoke to his country's rubber stamp parliament, and Mr Kim told Moon's efforts. He said South Korea would abandon its "sycophancy" to the United States and "subordinate everything to improve North-South band".
"The South Korean authorities should not act as official" mediators "and" boosters "who assume a vacillating position depending on the trend and engage in a series of visits, but be a party advocating the interests of the nation with its own spirit and voice, is part of the nation, "said Kim.
Mr. Kim also told lawmakers that he might consider meeting with Mr. Trump again, but only if Washington made a new proposal that his government could accept at the end of the year.
The Hanoi call collapsed after Kim demanded that the most bitter sanctions be lifted against the partial settlement of the country's nuclear program. Mr. Trump rejected Kim's offer as insufficient; The United States insists that it will not lift sanctions in the north without full, controllable nuclear power.
On Monday, Moon did not respond to Kim's characterization of his efforts as "officious".
Instead, he put a positive spread on Kim's speech, where the North Korean leader also expressed his "immeasurable determination, which was clarified before, to transform North-South bonds into sustainable and lasting reconciliation and cooperation."
Mr. The Moon expressed "high regard for President Kim's insignificant engagement" to consider a third summit with Trump. He even interpreted Kim's speech as explaining "his firm commitment to achieving nuclear weapons", although Kim did not use the word "denuclearization" in his address.
Mr. The moon said the dialogue was open and that peace on the Korean Peninsula was "a matter of survival" for South Koreans, and he defended his diplomatic role.
"As an architect of the peace process in the Korean Peninsula, we have done what we have to do and what we can do in a way that fits our status as the fate of the Korean peninsula," he said. "My government will not shrink from this responsibility Mr. Kim's speech, including his conditional will to meet Trump, has left room for Moon's engagement, analysts said. Mr. Moon has also benefited from North Korea's decision not to bring a military parade on Monday to mark the birthday of Kim Il-sung, Kim's late grandfather and founder of North Korea.
But with inter-Korean economic projects still frozen, Kim can see some incentive to meet Mr. Moon anytime soon.
"It's not clear if what South Korea can offer under the penalty scheme is enough to attract North Korea back to talks, "said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor of international studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.