June 11, 2018 / 8:24 AM / 2 months ago

North Korea's past action no indication of future behaviour - South Korea adviser

TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea’s past action should not be used to try to predict its future behaviour, the special national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in Tokyo on Monday, during a panel discussion on North Korea.

Moon Chung-in, Special Advisor for Unification, Foreign and Security Affairs to South KoreaÕs President Moon Jae-in, speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Conference in Tokyo, Japan May 15, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Moon Chung-in’s comment came a day before a high-stakes summit meeting in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Talks between the leaders are expected to centre on ending the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Moon said the United States had blamed North Korea for breaking promises regarding its nuclear programme in the past, but that it “would have different views”.

“Now is the time to set aside all those things. Let us see whether North Korea can deliver what the U.S. wants and the entire world wants,” Moon said.

“Therefore past behaviour should not be the yardstick to judge current or future behaviour of North Korea.”

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Malcolm Foster; Editing by Robert Birsel

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