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South Koreans react with hope, skepticism over Trump-Kim meeting

/ 05:22 PM June 30, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea  – South Koreans have watched the latest meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a mixture of hope and skepticism, wondering whether the impromptu summit will be enough to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations and inter-Korean dialogue.

South Koreans react with hope, skepticism over Trump-Kim meeting

People watch a TV screen showing the U.S. President Donald Trump, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center right, at the border villages of Panmunjom, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Trump and Kim’s meeting Sunday at the inter-Korean border was their first since the collapse of their February summit in Vietnam over disagreements in exchanging sanctions relief and disarmament.

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Some South Koreans say Sunday’s meeting will help resolve a months-long deadlock in nuclear negotiations and revive a positive atmosphere for peace.

Others say it was yet another summit that was all style and no substance.

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They also raised concerns over what they saw as South Korea’s declining voice in international efforts to deal with the North. /gsg

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