Just a few days after meeting U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C, South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-in met with former President Barack Obama.
During a 40 minute talk at the Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul, Obama and Moon discussed foreign policy and specifically how South Korea should deal with Kim Jong Un.
Following their meeting, Moon announced that North Korea had one last chance to engage in dialogue with the outside world before it was completely cut off.
Moon, who won elections in South Korea in May, has tried to engage with North Korea by inviting them to co-host the Winter Olympics and trying to provide Pyongyang with life-saving Malaria medication, both of which were turned down.
Moon asked Obama for advice on how to deal with his northern neighbor and discussed recent talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. Obama meanwhile “wished Moon success during his leadership,” according to a spokesperson from the Korean Presidential palace.
“President Trump and I agreed to continue to apply sanctions and pressure and dialogue in parallel to resolve the North’s nuclear and missile issues,” said Moon. He said it was North Korea's “last chance to enter the door of dialogue," spokesman Yoon Young-chan told reporters Monday.
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Barack Obama said Monday that North Korea’s nuclear aspirations had “done nothing" to secure the country or its people and called for sanctions. But, he added: “We should be under no illusions that there is some silver bullet and solve this problem right away.”
Moon reportedly told Obama that he would like to see North Korea return to the negotiating table.
The meeting between the former leader of the United States and the new leader of South Korea took place just one day after Moon returned from Washington to meet President Trump. Trump has described Obama’s policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea as a failure.
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